Retail Butcher Shop Planned for Downtown New Canaan


A retail butcher shop is planned for this commercial space at the back of 12 Burtis Ave., accessible via East Avenue. Credit: Michael Dinan

A new butcher shop is planned for a vacant commercial space on Burtis Avenue.

A $40,000 interior fit-out is planned for 12 Burtis Ave., future home of a single-room retail butcher shop, according to a permit application filed Tuesday with the New Canaan Building Department.

The space, located at the rear of a Burtis Avenue-facing building and easily accessible from East Avenue, used to house The Red Grape wine shop (now at Forest Street and Locust Avenue).

Asked about the prospective new butcher shop, New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura Budd said, “The Chamber was happy to see that the space was taken quickly, it speaks to the resurgence in demand for commercial space in downtown New Canaan. We look forward to working with this new business.”

It’s unclear what the new shop will be called or when it’s expected to open—the applicant could not immediately be reached for comment.

According to a floor plan attached to the building permit application, the space will include countertops, meat compressor display, dry age case, deli station, walk-in freezer and an ice cream machine.

New Canaan used to have a butcher shop on South Avenue, which was open for just over two years before closing in 2019.

6 thoughts on “Retail Butcher Shop Planned for Downtown New Canaan

  1. There was a butcher shop on Main Street with Walter Stewart’s original store across the street. My father made friends with both owners, when traveling internationally would send post cards. Some were displayed in the butcher shop.
    Fond memories of saw dust on wooden floors.

  2. Wonderful news! Hopefully they will bring in locally grown animal products year round and seasonal specials. We need some more options, after the farmers market closes for the fall.

  3. Glad to know that this shop is coming to town. Parking for customers will certainly be “interesting”. I bank at Chase and have difficulty finding parking due to cars that are there all day, every day. They are even parked along curbs and a vacant area in front of the teller window. Store workers? Commuters?

  4. Healthier food options are getting more available. I wish pasture, organic and grass fed beef were more available. Many think that Angus beef is better but much of it is from feed lots in Nebraska, etc..

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