Village store keeping it local

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2011

(click on image for larger view)Jenny  Griffiths and Paul Tiencken new village shop Sandford.

(click on image for larger view)Jenny Griffiths and Paul Tiencken new village shop Sandford.

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A NEW shop which has opened up in the heart of Sandford is offering a range of local produce.

Sandford Village Stores has been opened by property developers Paul Tiencken and Jenny Griffiths on the site of a former delicatessen in Greenhill Road which has been empty for three years.

And Paul says that while they have had an ‘excellent’ response from customers so far, the pair want more suggestions on how to improve their range of locally-sourced goods, which is supplemented by cards, sweets and chocolates, alcohol and cigarettes.

The former chef said: “We’re trying to do everything locally - meat, fruit and vegetables - we’re even trying to aim for alcohol made in Somerset.

“But we want more suggestions on what people would like to see. We want to be able offer as much as we possibly can to the people of the village.”

Alongside the shop, the business operates a café offering a range of Fair-trade teas and coffees, paninis, pastries and cakes, plus breakfast at weekends.

The 34-year-old said: “It’s great. We’ve had people coming to meet and have a chat in the café who haven’t seen each other for years, we think there should be somewhere like this for people to come and meet up in the village.”

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