Statement from George Baxter, owner and director of George Hughes Fishmonger

I would like to clarify the situation with respect to the future of our shop in Bruntsfield beyond my imminent retirement.

Our customers have been tremendously loyal to us since I took over the shop 25 years ago. Given the fact the shop has occupied the premises for 100 years in all, I feel it is my duty to tell our customers what is happening to the best of my ability.

Contrary to the impression you may have got after reading a story in the Edinburgh Evening News, published under the headline ‘Edinburgh’s George Hughes Fishmonger in Bruntsfield to close after 100 years amid rising costs’, the future of the shop is yet to be decided.

While it is true that the lease is up at the end of January, discussions with the landlord are ongoing. We will remain open until Saturday 20 January 2024 at the very least.

It is my wish and that of the current senior staff that they will take over from me and continue to serve our customers. Unfortunately I cannot elaborate further until negotiations with the landlord are completed.

I will let customers of George Hughes know the outcome of those negotiations in January.

Although I will be retiring from the shop, regardless of whether it remains open or not, I will continue to oversee Fresh Fish Daily, the online business I started four years ago.

I will be drawing on my 40-plus years in the industry to ensure Fresh Fish Daily continues to go from strength to strength as the No.1 website for those who value fresh fish over frozen fish, and who appreciate the convenience of having exceptional fresh fish and seafood delivered to their door at a highly competitive price.

Fresh Fish Daily has a growing customer base throughout the United Kingdom – even in areas with strong links to their local fishing industry such as Cornwall, Dorset and the north-east of England.

Lastly, I would like to send all our customers my very best wishes for Christmas and New Year.

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