THE NEW owner of a Bromsgrove farm shop has spoken to The Standard about his plans and hopes for the business.
Experienced butcher Lewis Babakhan used to be at The Stables Farm Shop in Astwood Bank but, after problems gaining planning permission to extend the car park, the business was unable to grow and closed its doors.
Now Lewis has taken over DF Stubbs in Stoke Prior from David Saunders and he said his new premises had a lot of potential.
“It’s a busy shop and it’s a big place – there’s a lot of space there.”
He said the shop already did some cold meats but added he hoped to open a full delicatessen which would include cold meats and place a bigger emphasis on local produce.
“People have been asking me if the products and the prices are going to stay the same and they are.
“Customers rightly want the same product, price and quality and will get that.
“The main differences will be that we hope to be able to offer a bigger range for people to choose from and I think it is very important to keep it local.”
Lewis has been a butcher since he was 16 years old and was head-hunted by The Stables to be their main man on the meat counter.
During his time there, they saw meat sales increase by 110 per cent in two years.
The other difference with DF Stubbs is that it is now open seven days a week, whereas before, under the previous owners, it was only open for five.
Lewis said so far he had received a good response from the customers but added he wanted to hear from people about items they would like him to stock if he did not already.
To contact Lewis, e-mail email@example.com or call 01527 831912.