SMALL trader Jason Newton is taking on the supermarkets on two fronts – price and variety – in the new fruit and veg shop he’s opened at Francis Street, Spalding.
His shop Global Fruit and Veg sells exotic imported items like plantains, okra, hot chillis, pak choi and fresh figs alongside more familiar produce, all at cheaper than superstore prices.
After just ten days in business, Jason, who was made redundant at Christmas from his job as manager of a Stamford poultry farm, already counts a number of local restaurants among his customers.
He said: “I decided to invest my redundancy money in giving people things they can’t get in the supermarket – it wouldn’t make any interest from the bank.
“I stock really good fresh produce that’s flown into Birmingham from Africa each week and a lot of fruit and veg that you can’t buy in the supermarket.
“I’ve got my own sources so I can sell a lot cheaper.
“I know there’s a demand for unusual fruits like mangoes, fresh figs and papaya and veg like okra and cassava from people who like me like cooking spicy food and curries.”
Spalding resident Jason offers a free delivery service and self-selected fresh veg boxes.
He plans to give local allotment holders the chance to sell their excess crops through his shop in the summer.
The opening of Global Fruit and Veg and Love t’ Sew at Take 2 this month filled two empty shops in the Crescent area of Spalding.
Clothes, scarves and accessories shop Take 2 has moved from its long-established premises in Holland Market, Spalding, putting a new emphasis on alterations and dressmaking.
Sadly at the end of December Judith Bosworth closed her jb boutique, so there’s a new empty window in a prominent Crescent spot.
Well-known businesswoman Judith said: “It’s hard times and it’s expensive to pay rent and travel into work. I do have something in the pipeline but I’ll be working from home.”