March couple that lost jobs when Moy Park closed open fruit and veg shop

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Customers Katarzyna and Marcin Jelen and shop owner Gary Tickner.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Customers Katarzyna and Marcin Jelen and shop owner Gary Tickner. - Credit: Archant

A FENLAND couple made redundant by Moy Park have opened a fruit and vegetable shop.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Sandie Stanford.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Sandie Stanford. - Credit: Archant

Gary Tickner, 51, worked at the food processing factory in Wisbech for 21 years and met his partner Sandie Stanford, 51, there in 2004.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Owners Sandie Stanford and Gary Tickner.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Owners Sandie Stanford and Gary Tickner. - Credit: Archant

But they found themselves out of work when Moy Park relocated its ready to eat meals business to its Grantham site earlier this year, a move which caused more than 300 job losses in Wisbech.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Gary Tickner is also selling local produce.

S & G Veg and Brew shop, March. Gary Tickner is also selling local produce. - Credit: Archant

The pair set up S & G Veg and Brew in Dartford Road, March, which will sell fruit, vegetables and home brews, with an emphasis on locally sourced produce.

Mr Tickner said: “It was a shock to be made redundant after such lengthy service. My partner and I were left out of work and it was then that we decided to become self employed and set up the business.


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“We will promote locally sourced produce, with shelves selling produce from Fenland’s allotment holders.

“I’m also an experienced home brewer so I’ve installed some home brewing equipment in the shop.”

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Mr Tickner says getting the shop up and running has been challenging but he is excited about the potential of the business.

He said: “It’s been a lot of hard work. It has taken us a couple of months to put the shop together but it’s very exciting.

“We hope to be self sufficient and if things go well we intend to start offering a home delivery service in a few months. We are also working on a website.”

The shop is open on Mondays to Fridays from 8.30am-6pm and on Saturdays from 8am-4pm.

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