New Kelham convenience store reveals opening datePosted by: Ashley Birch
Kelham Island Deli and Produce's owner Ady Jaques on Acorn Street, where the new convenience store is set to open
Finally, Kelham Island residents will have somewhere to buy stuff
Kelham Island Deli and Produce's owner has confirmed the new store, which will include a deli counter, florist and shop selling everything from beers and spirits to fruit and veg, opens this Saturday 8 June.
The former mechanics, behind bookshop Kelham Island Books and Music, opens on Acorn Street tomorrow.
The new store will specialise in food and drink with a traditional deli-counter, serving up charcuterie, cheeses and gourmet salads, and to satisfy the produce part of its name will also sell everything from fruit and veg and freshly made cakes and pastries to craft beer and spirits.
The outside courtyard will also be home to a florist and communal seating area, in what the owner hopes will be a ‘little oasis in Kelham, planted up to the hilt.’
The store’s owner Ady Jaques told VIBE: “I want it to be like an old-fashioned community store. I want it to be somewhere where people can come and grab a coffee while having a look around the place, or have a seat while looking at what craft beers are available.
“I desperately want a florist there because I think the area needs a florist and, because I’m not interested in floristry and I know nothing about it, I’m going to sub-let.”
“I think of it as a community store, with a sort of café or coffee shop on a take-out basis. You’re not going to Tesco Express. It will range from day-to-day items, to fine foods and it will be a mixed price range because that’s what Kelham is about.”
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The store also promises to be as ethically responsible as possible, using local suppliers and a limited amount of packaging.
Ady said: “There will be no single use plastic used or sold in in the store, which is something that’s really important to me, and there will be really limited packaging where there can be. All the fresh produce will be single and individually sold and all of the packaging for the deli and take-out packaging will be 100% recyclable and plant based.”
Ady’s background is in the beer industry, working for what was Whitbread Brewery and is now Inbev, the biggest brewer in the world. He leaves on Friday after 21-years to throw himself into his new project in the area where he lives and is passionate about.
“I’ve lived in Kelham for three years and, from the minute I moved here, I knew I wanted to open a business here. I love Kelham Island. So, I thought I could actually contribute to the place I live. I’m hugely excited by it, and terrified at the same time!”