‘Quality, value and service’ is the valiant mantra of the Lecky family, who are celebrating 50 years of business in the heart of Castlederg.
It was in May 1971, that Victor Lecky established ‘Lecky’s Quality Meats’ in the Diamond, Castlederg with the steadfast support of his family. He had previously worked as an employee in the butcher shop, but when the opportunity arose for him to purchase it, it was one that he couldn’t turn down.
Then in 1976, Victor and his wife, Eileen began their second business venture, opening a VG Foodstore at William Street, Castlederg.
It was the first supermarket in the area to incorporate an in-store butchery department, which was run by Victor’s brothers, Ken, Roy and Trevor. Other valued members of the team included Letty Moore, Margo Sproule, Kay Lecky, Sam Moore and Andrew McSorley.
Will Harron, who had previously run a VG store in Castlederg, was instrumental in helping set up this business, and continued to be a valued mentor to Victor throughout the years.
Another exciting business venture was on the cards in 2004. After acquiring property opposite the VG store, the Lecky family made another major investment: Opening the first ViVOXTRA in Northern Ireland, with additional services of in-store delicatessen, butchery, bakery, fresh produce and an extended range of household goods.
Fifty full time/part time employees were employed, and with the support of the local community, the business was an instant success. To date, the team at Lecky’s ViVOXTRA have won several retail industry awards, the highlight of which was winning UK Independent Retailer of the Year.
As Victor, Eileen and the rest Lecky family raise a celebratory glass to a fantastic half century of business, they have extended their thanks to the local community and the local suppliers for their continued and invaluable support. The family were also keen to acknowledge all staff past and present who have helped them on their special journey.
“Here’s to the next 50 years!” the Lecky family concluded.