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Butcher shop closes in Newton Centre

“We felt we were fighting a losing battle’’ says founder John Dewar of his original store on Beacon Street. “We felt we were fighting a losing battle’’ says founder John Dewar of his original store on Beacon Street. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/file 2004)
By Peggy Hernandez
Globe Correspondent / January 18, 2012
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NEWTON CENTRE - Brown butcher paper covers the windows. A note on a door says the shop has merged with a sister store in Wellesley. John Dewar & Co., purveyor of quality meat and gourmet goods, has shut its original butcher store after 33 years. The Jan. 9 closing came with little notice. Just weeks ago, customers filled the green and rust red-trimmed shop at 755 Beacon Street for holiday orders. Founder John Dewar says a “compendium of a bunch of things’’ was behind the consolidation: limited metered parking, fraying interior store space, and declining business. He says many customers who also wanted to buy produce and baked goods were bypassing the store for Whole Foods further down Beacon Street.

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