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Orr Butchers closes three stores

Oct 25 2012
Frazer and Stewart Orr, each holding a beef quarter, will close the doors to three butcher shops. 

Frazer and Stewart Orr, each holding a beef quarter, will close the doors to three butcher shops.

Photograph by: File , Times Colonist

After 34 years, Ronald Orr and Son Family Butcher has closed its doors for good.

Hand-written signs thanking customers for their patronage over the years appeared on the doors of the family-owned stores in Brentwood Bay, Sidney and Saanich.

The Orr family declined to comment on the closing.

The business was started in 1979 and the company gained a reputation for the quality of its meat - antibiotic and hormone free, grass-fed Alberta beef - as well as its homemade sausages, bacon, meat pies and traditional Scottish fare such as haggis.

The Scottish family made more than three tonnes of haggis in any given year, and had been voted best Island butcher in 2006 and best Island sausage maker in 2003 by Times Colonist readers in the paper's Best of the Island series.

In 2005, the company doubled the size of its Brentwood Bay location, adding a bakery and deli. Late last year, it opened in Sidney. All of the stores also sold a wide variety of British food and candy.

Brothers Fraser and Stewart and their sister Rhonda have been running the stores since their father Ronald died in 2000.

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