Concreters dream finally cemented
FROM block layer concreter to butcher, Paul Dakin is finally living his dream after purchasing Gympie’s Gold City Meats.
Mr Dakin took over the lease of the butcher shop along Red Hill Road on December 21, almost a month after previous owners announced they had become bankrupt and could no longer keep the business open.
There were a few nerves as he didn’t know how popular the business would be after it had been closed for some time but after opening on Tuesday he has in the future.
Mr Dakin said there had been a few customers on opening day and more yesterday.
Not yet a butcher by trade, Mr Dakin, said he was learning and will eventually “phase” out working as a concreter.
An interest in butchery grew from a week of work experience for the Park Gates Butchery when he was attending Gympie High.
But Mr Dakin’s father was a block layer, along with his brother and “dad said (I was going to be) a block layer”.
And the verdict? Being a butcher is a lot cooler than laying concrete in the sun. He has hired a qualified butcher and an apprentice to work at the shop, but until business picks up he will continue block laying. “I gotta keep busy,” he said.
The first carcasses arrived last Wednesday in preparation for the opening, three calves that were grown at the Dakin family farm and a cow for mince and sausages.
Mr Dakin said the beef cattle he raised on their property was a grain assisted free range mix of different breeds and the rest came from other farms in the region.
The Dakin’s have about 100 head of cattle in their 21 paddocks and will grow the numbers as demand increases.
Mr Dakin said he was able to rent the shop at a good price but the big costs were associated with fitting out the store with new equipment.