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Torquay greengrocer goes bananas over shop

By Herald Express  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

new shop: From left, Richard Randle Jones at the new grocer's unit with Sam and Gary Wood Torquil MacLeod TQTM20140307C-01_C

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A GREENGROCERS shop has re-opened in Torquay's Union Square.

Gary Woods has been trading at the entrance to Union Square shopping centre for a few years and decided business was so good that he needed to take a shop unit.

It will also enable him to stay open in bad weather and he is planning to open seven days a week during the season.

Centre manager Richard Randle-Jones said: "Gary prides himself on treating every customer as a valued customer and this has paid dividends for his business.

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"His customers are very loyal and they keep returning day after day to the centre to buy fresh fruit and veg, most of which is locally produced.

"I am delighted to have Gary's shop here in the centre, it has already attracted thousands of customers in his first few weeks."

Gary said he had been heartened by the wishes he had received from regular customers.

"I can't speak highly enough about our customers in Torbay. We have had a fantastic response. I think the fact that our customers now have to come into the centre — though we will be retaining the stall at the front — has also helped footfall in the centre."

The shop unit has been vacant for some time due to the tenancy still being with the previous owner who was also a grocer.

Gary has called his shop Monkeys like Bananas and he employs three people. The centre attracts an average 85,000 visitors a week.

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