Tuk-tuk delivery venture in Sheffield produces huge reaction

Fruit and veg seller Stewart Effendi has started selling fruit and veg door to door in Aston in his tuk tuk
Fruit and veg seller Stewart Effendi has started selling fruit and veg door to door in Aston in his tuk tuk
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It’s a wheely unusual way to deliver fruit and vegetables...

Stewart Effendi’s motorised tuk-tuk business is taking shoppers by surprise - and parcels of produce door-to-door - in Aston.

Fruit and veg seller Stewart Effendi has started selling fruit and veg door to door in Aston in his tuk tuk. Stewart is pictured with customer James Blake

Fruit and veg seller Stewart Effendi has started selling fruit and veg door to door in Aston in his tuk tuk. Stewart is pictured with customer James Blake

The 47-year-old hit on the idea after expanding from selling free range eggs, finding his trolley too heavy to push.

And the innovative venture is bearing fruit after just a few weeks on the road.

Stewart said: “I’m the only business in Sheffield using a tuk-tuk, that I know of anyway.

“The vehicle gets a great reaction, you see people nearly having accidents because they are looking at it!

“It is incredibly popular with everyone, people are over the moon to see it.

“They just can’t believe that I came up with the idea.

“It all started when I grew too many tomatoes and started giving them away with eggs. Then people said if I had some vegetables they would buy those too.

“I deliver to a lot of people who can’t really get out of the house, and some of them also phone orders in.”

Stewart and his wife Sally, who live in Aston, bought the Piaggo Ape three-wheeler from London and are adapting it to look like those used in South Africa – where Stewart is originally from.

It is proving such a hit that people have even requested the tuk-tuk expands its route as far afield as Fulwood, 14 miles away.

But Sally said it might take a while to get there, as the vehicle’s top speed is just 30 miles per hour.

She added: “Stewart has only been doing this now for 14 weeks and it seems to be really taking off.

“We bought the tuk-tuk to do a job but it is such a talking point.

“Children are always wanting to sit in it and there isn’t a day when Stewart doesn’t come home with a story.

“The other day a Turkish guy ran over and said, ‘You can have my car keys, I just want to sit in it’.

“He wouldn’t have been able to drive off anyway as they are very difficult to drive - Stewart is still getting the hang of it!”

The couple have also had vital business support from Rotherham College and from the town’s chamber of commerce since they started their venture.

Sally said: “We want to let people know that there is a lot of support and hope out there if you are starting a new business.”