McAtamney’s Butchers Company History

See where we have been and where we are going….

McAtamney’s has a long, robust history in the butchery business dating back to 1933 when the first shop was established in Kilrea. From these humble beginnings over eighty years ago, McAtamney’s has made a name for itself by providing customers with the highest quality produce, traditional values and excellence in customer care.

A family run business to this day with the head office based in Garvagh, McAtamney’s has grown one shop at a time taking pride in growing the business at a pace that never compromises on quality or service. There are now twelve shops across Northern Ireland employing over one hundred fully trained master butchers.

Quality is at the heart of everything we do… quality produce, quality customer service and quality shops. We take time to choose only the highest quality meat for our customers.  Our chefs source the finest ingredients for our extensive range of ready meals prepared in our Gourmet Kitchen.

Our success is driven by our people and their commitment to delivering the butchery trade with excellence.  We are good at what we do and are consistently judged to have excellent products, customer service and friendly helpful staff.  This has been reflected in the awards we have won which includes Butchers Shop of the Year 2016 and 2017, Butchers of the Year 2013 and Belfast Telegraph Business Award for most progressive and compelling retail outlet.  Our food is great too, with Great Taste Awards for our steak pie and Sirloin steak.

We don’t intend to stand still: we will continue to develop and grow at a pace that is right, whilst retaining our ethos of quality in every aspect of our business.

Original shop opened 1933

McAtamney’s has a long, robust history in the butchery business dating back to 1933 when the first shop was established in Kilrea. From these humble beginnings over eighty years ago, McAtamney’s has made a name for itself by providing customers with the highest quality produce, traditional values and excellence in customer care.

Maghera opened 1990

The second shop to open, McAtamney’s Maghera was established in 1990 on Main Street in Maghera. It has a strong trade and has built up a loyal customer base since opening through good customer care and engaging actively with the local community.

Ballymena opened 1994

McAtamney’s Ballymena, which was established in 1994, is 2000 sq ft in size and is based in a prime location adjacent to Fairhill Shopping Centre on Thomas Street in the centre of Ballymena. The store accommodates both McAtamney’s Butchers and also McAtamney’s To Go Deli & Sandwich Bar.

Garvagh opened 1998

McAtamney’s Garvagh shop is the hub of McAtamney’s where the head office is based. It has the characteristics of a traditional style butchers shop but with McAtamney’s modern features. Some 3000 sq ft in size, employing 15 staff, it is light and spacious with a 36ft counter packed with traditional cuts and a lot of specialist products. It serves a small local community and customers come from far and wide for the extra special personal touch for which McAtamney’s Garvagh is renowned.

Coleraine opened 2002

McAtamney’s Butchers Coleraine shop opened in June 2002 on 4 Abbey Street, starting off with 4 staff members. Since then the business has grown steadily and in 2014 the number of staff was increased when we moved to our current premises, a new brighter more spacious shop across the street at 13/15 Abbey Street.

Awarded NI Neighbourhood Retailers Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2016 & Meat Trade Journal’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017

Magherafelt opened 2004

McAtamney’s Magherafelt opened it’s doors in this bustling market town in 2004. Based in Union Street the shop offers customers an enticing selection of produce from the fresh meat counter, McAtamney’s Gourmet Kitchen Ready Meal Range and meal accompaniments such as vegetables and sauces. With strong links to the local community McAtamney’s Magherafelt continues to thrive.

Limavady opened 2006

Established in 2006 and based on Irish Green Street, McAtamney’s Limavady has a strong trade and has built up a loyal customer base through excellence in customer care and engaging actively with the local community.

Awarded NI Neighbourhood Retailer’s Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2017

Ballymoney opened 2010

McAtamney’s Ballymoney opened their new 1800 sq ft premises in 2010. It has a strong trade and has built up a loyal customer base in the seven years since opening through good customer care and engaging actively with the local community.

Cookstown opened 2011

McAtamney’s Cookstown is one of the more recent additions to the McAtamney’s portfolio opening in 2011 and is perhaps one of the most impressive in terms of the shop frontage, layout and design. The building itself was originally an old bank and an amusement arcade before it was converted into a 2500 sq ft modern butchers and food hall.  Some of the original features from the bank have been retained adding to the character and charm of this impressive and visually appealing shop in the centre of Cookstown.

 

Garvagh Express opened 2012

McAtamney’s Express was launched in 2012 offering an in store butcher counter within the Eurospar Supermarket in Garvagh, supplying the same quality product in store in addition to offering pre-packed meat. McAtamney’s Express in association with Kenny’s Spar now sells McAtamney’s meats exclusively to Kenny’s Spar outlets in six different locations as well as numerous independent shops under our new “Bear’s brand”.

Gourmet Kitchen opened 2012

In 2012 the business entered the convenience food market by launching a new venture “McAtamney’s Gourmet Kitchen” which produces an exciting range of gourmet food and ready-made meals exclusive to McAtamney’s outlets and local retailers. The exciting variety of convenience foods includes pies, bakes, lasagne, dinners, sausage rolls, savoury meals, vegetables, soups and stews, salads, sauces and dips.

 

McAtamney’s To Go Ballymena opened 2012

The McAtamney’s to Go part of the Ballymena shop has enabled McAtamney’s to expand into the hot food/deli counter market, something which has been so successful in Ballymena, it has been rolled out to three other McAtamney’s shops. To facilitate, the original premises were renovated in 2012. McAtamney’s To Go offers customers everything from an appetizing array of hot food for breakfast, healthy salads, sandwiches and daily hot specials for the lunch time trade. 

 

Limavady (Main St) opened 2017 

McAtamney’s Limavady Main Street opened it’s doors in January 2017 following the acquisition of Hunters Butcher and Deli, located on Main Street, Limavady. The shop has now been refurbished and boosts both McAtamney’s Butchers and also McAtamney’s To Go Deli & Sandwich Bar.

Galgorm opened 2017

A new kid on the block, McAtamney’s Butchers Galgorm opened its doors in March 2017 with 12 staff. The impressive new premises extend to 2000 square ft and originally housed a wedding business before McAtamney’s investment of £250K to completely refurbish the unit.

Galgorm is the eleventh shop that McAtamney’s has opened and as a result all the “lessons learned” and “best features” have culminated in this impressive shop which ticks all the boxes in terms of shop frontage, layout and design.

Belfast opened 2017

McAtamney’s Belfast opened it’s doors in August 2017  located at the busy Forestside Shopping Centre. The shop was extensively refurbished and now offers shoppers’ premium quality local produce, traditional values and excellence in customer care.

Lisnagelvin L/Derry Opened 2018

McAtamney’s Lisnagelvin opened it’s doors in April 2018, located at the busy Lisnagelvin Shopping Centre. The shop was extensively refurbished and now offers shoppers’ premium quality local produce, traditional values and excellence in customer care.