“I started working in the local butchers shop when I was 13, delivering meat on a butcher’s bike on Saturdays, over the next 6 years I learnt everything from boning meat to making sausage. I opened my first shop in 1978, when I was 19 years old!” – Steven De Giorgio, Owner
At the age of 13 Steven De Giorgio started out with a Saturday job at his local butchers in South Shields, delivering meat to the locals on a butcher’s bike. Over the next 6 years he learnt the ins and outs of butchery, from boning out meat to hand linking sausages.
In 1978 and at the age of only 19 Steven decided to start a new venture. With some financial help from his parents and grandparents and advice and guidance from his father who had also previously been a butcher, he opened his first shop in South Shields.
The shop was a great success and by 1985 he felt the time was right to expand and he opened his second shop in Sea Road, Fulwell know as ‘The Village Pork Shop’. At the time the Sunderland Butchers Association was a strong force of over 100 butchers and Steven was elected President of the Association on numerous consecutive years. The competition was strong and Steven attended events and awards throughout the country, including London, Birmingham and Durham, securing multiple awards along the way from various Sausage and produce competitions.
In May 1997 Steven purchased the butchers shop in his home village, Cleadon, closely followed by the Whitburn shop in November 1997 all named ‘The Village Pork Shop’. In 2003 Steven decided to streamline the business and closed the store in Fullwell, moving the main manufacturing over to the Whitburn store, at the same time the Cleadon and Whitburn stores were re-branded as ‘De Giorgio Butchers’.
Trends over the years have seen many butchers come and go, but by providing quality, locally sourced beef, lamb, pork, venison and poultry, as well as homemade pies, quiche, sausages and burgers, De Giorgio Butchers have built up a loyal customer base over the last 40 years, which continues to grow year on year.