Family farm-based butchers Corries has acquired Knotts Bakery in Newtownards and is developing an exciting new retail concept for shoppers in Belfast and North Down, offering opportunities for other local artisans and small food and drink producers.
Knotts Bakery was established in 1979 and has won acclaim for the quality and outstanding taste of its wide range of baked goods. The Knotts Bakery brand will not disappear but is being wrapped into the new business identity alongside Corries Meats.
Brothers William and Gareth Corrie, owners of the family business, had earlier acquired Four Seasons Greengrocers and Delicatessen in Cherryvalley, east Belfast, provider of an extensive range of in-house ready meals and delivery services for fruit, vegetables, cheese, charcuterie and other foods.
The popular deli is currently being renovated to create Fayre by Corries, a new fine food hall scheduled to open its doors on June 20. The modern food hall will feature a Corries meat counter, baked goods from Knotts Bakery and an extensive fresh fruit and vegetable section from the former deli.
It will also have significant space for other local artisan producers, while Corries will be closing the existing butchery business in the same block at the Cherryvalley shopping centre.
Corries, which has an existing seven shops in Belfast, Dundonald, Newtownards and Holywood, is retaining the three existing Knotts Bakery outlets in the same centres and a fully equipped bakery unit on the Crawfordsburn Road in Newtownards. Andrew and Sharon Getty, the previous owners of Knotts Bakery, are continuing to provide advice.
Fayre by Corries will gradually be rolled out to other existing and suitable farm shops owned by company.
“We are tremendously excited by acquisition of Knotts, one of the best-known and most respected family bakeries here,” said William Corrie. “Knotts Bakery has a very strong identify and is synonymous with consistently excellent baked goods.
“We’ve been developing the new Fayre by Corries food hall concept for shoppers for some considerable time and will start rolling out this month. There are strong synergies between both Corries and Knotts.
“While two of the three Knotts bakery shops are likely to remain as they are, the main outlet in the centre of Newtownards offers significant scope for further developments for shoppers.
“It’s an immensely attractive building featuring high ceilings and pillars with lots of space. We are planning, for example, to use space upstairs for stylish afternoon tea sessions. We’ll also be building on the popularity of the café there and working closely Neil Graham, its excellent chef and team.”