Two high-turnover cheese shops that also supply some of Scotland's top restaurants and hotels are being offered for sale.

Agent Christie & Co has been instructed to market George Mewes Cheese, which has cheese shops in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

George Mewes Cheese was founded in 2010 when former chef Mr Mewes opened his Glasgow store, followed by a store in Edinburgh in 2015.

Since then Mr Mewes has built an award-winning business "which sources the finest cheeses" from Britain and Europe, working closely with Hervé Mons, a leading affineur, or cheese purveyor, based in France, and British affineur Neal’s Yard Dairy of London.

The Herald: George Mewes Cheese has also built a reputation as a leading wholesalerGeorge Mewes Cheese has also built a reputation as a leading wholesaler (Image: Christie & Co)

As well as the thriving retail business, George Mewes Cheese has built a reputation as a leading wholesaler, supplying cheeses to prestigious Scottish hotels and restaurants.

The profitable stores are well-positioned in both cities, Christie & Co said. George Mewes Glasgow sits on Byres Road in the West End and George Mewes Edinburgh is on Dean Park Street, in Stockbridge.

Having "successfully navigated the Covid pandemic, and now generating consistently high sales in-store and online", Mr Mewes believes "the time is right to pass over the reins to a new owner who can build on the current success".

Liam Bain, business agent at Christie & Co’s Scottish retail team, who is handling the sale process, said: “I am excited to assist George with selling the business he has worked tirelessly to build over the last 13 years.

"With two fantastic sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow, I’m sure this will pique the interest of business owners and entrepreneurs across both retail and hospitality sectors and beyond.”

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