I'm finding it difficult to find a very good butchers in my current city. I agree. I also like the other traditional shops; a barbers where you can get a proper cut throat shave, local shoemakers./cobblers, greengrocers etc.
(ii) I'm not sure.
I find the supermarkets more convenient and cheaper.
There needs to be a "market union" to protect these small businesses from supermarkets.
Can I just add that from my experience I've found in some places - some areas in London especially for example - there is an increasing number of 'ethnic' butcher shops which I think is a fantastic evolution of the classical butcher shop.
There used to be a greengrocers near my uni in the UK but it closed down due to competition from a huge Tesco a stone's throw away. The greengrocer was much cheaper for fruit and veg and it always tasted fresher, kept longer, and there was even a better selection.
I'm not especially concerned about specifically butchers but am dismayed at the decline of the local parade of shops, the greengrocer, the bakery, the post office. Cash for Gold and Vapes4U aren't for me the social glue of the village, though that is most of it huffed on the rec.
I've often found it difficult to find a good butchers, but I do very much value them. It was fine at university as well, when you could wander in when you liked - but when you're working and the place is open 9-5 during the week and for a short burst on Saturday morning, actually hauling yourself out of bed to get there can be a struggle.
It's the standard complaint I suppose: I value small local shops, yet given the option I'll still spend quite a lot of money in supermarkets because they're more convenient to get to, are open longer and so on. If I still lived in a village, it might be different.