IT is something of a downsize for a man who has spent much of his working life managing supermarkets - but Richard Brown says he has the grapefruits for a challenge this Christmas.
The 59-year-old, who had previously managed Home Bargains in Hillsborough and Morrisons in North London, left the trade giants to open his own fresh fruit and veg kiosk.
And he’s set up not in Castle Market or the high street but...Sheffield Interchange.
An usual location for a fresh food emporium one might think but Richard, of Hallyburton Road, Arbourthorne, thinks he’s got a plum deal. And he reckons he’ll be providing good deals for Christmas shoppers this year. “I might be the only shop of this kind here but the footfall is massive,” he says. “Millions of people use this interchange every year, and if they want convenient fruit and veg on their way home, where better to be situated than the bus station?
“My busiest time is actually in a morning when commuters are going to work. I’ll get dozens stopping here to pick up a piece of fruit for lunch. Then from 2pm, you’ll notice it’s the veg that starts to sell as people are heading home for the day. And now I’m starting to get Christmas orders.”
There speaks a man who knows his onions. But well he should do. Before opening Bus Stop Fruit, Vegetables & Flowers exactly six months ago, he had worked his way from the shop floor to take those supermarket management posts.
Why the change at 59?
“I love working,” he says. “Even now I love getting up at 4am and going to the wholesale market each day. I don’t want to retire but I did want to have a crack at running my own business. So that’s what I’m doing.”