A Mad Butcher store is coming to Stoke.
While the original Mad Butcher, Sir Peter Leitch, is known as a huge rugby league fan, the Nelson branch of the business he founded will open in the soon-to-be empty Stoke Rugby clubrooms.
News of the move is yet to be made official, but sources have told Nelson Weekly that the new Mad Butcher store will open in the middle of the year in the Stoke Rugby club rooms on Songer St.
It is understood space for two other businesses will be included in the new development.
The Stoke Rugby Club put their 40 year old clubrooms up for sale last year will move out of the building this weekend. The club is hoping to work with Nelson City Council to build a multi-use facility on Greenmeadows and has been keen to sell its stake in the aging building.
Stoke Rugby Club operation manager Kim Biggs, says the club will operate from office space in Stoke, while after-match functions would be held in the Turf Hotel for the 2014 season.
Mad Butcher has 39 stores around the country.