Picker’s Halaal Meat Centre was launched in 1994 at Akbarallys Centre. In 1998, the second store at Prince Park Shopping Centre in Prince George Drive was opened. The stores heritage actually dates back to February 1975 when the late owner, Omar Essack Gangraker bought Fowlers Butchery - a small butchery only but the size of a double garage - on the corner of Klip and Zeekoe Roads in Lotus River.

Even though the business remained a small traditional butchery servicing the lower to middle income group in the heart of the apartheid era, he insisted on selling quality meats and products to his clientele. He always maintained that “we should sell to our clients only what we would eat for ourselves”. This philosophy is the very thread that binds us with our customers today. His eldest son, Khalil joined him in the business in November 1987. Read more


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