A spotlight on… Ashby
We are starting to feature a different area and the fantastic local businesses that help to make it such a great place to live.
This time we’re focusing on Ashby in Scunthorpe and Chapman’s Fruit and Veg.
All about Ashby
Ashby has always been a very popular area for leisure, shopping, cafes and bringing people together, and is well known for its weekly market.
It has seen huge investment over the last few years with more homes and new businesses opening up, creating a real mix of independent shops and larger chains.
Just this year we began work on 40 fantastic new homes, due to be complete next summer.
Find out more about the history of Ashby here.
Highlighting Chapmans Fruit and Veg
Chapman’s opened up earlier this year, bringing a welcome new family greengrocers to the area. They specialise in quality produce at affordable prices and we wanted to find out more about them.
Tell us about you and your team?
We’re a family business, owned by Ollie and Levi Chapman. We have Daren who works in the shop Monday to Friday along with our fantastic regular weekend helpers Taylor, Sophie and Seth.
What inspired you to open the shop?
We always remember growing up with a greengrocer on Ashby High Street and felt that this was a big loss for the area not having one anymore. With the building we have, we knew we had the space and capacity to help create a new place to sell fresh quality produce.
Why did you choose Ashby?
We’ve had a business for some time in Ashby (1660 Menswear) and have always felt it’s a great place for people to do their shopping, with plenty of free parking and other great businesses neighbouring.
Why should people get fruit and veg from you rather than a supermarket?
We take pride in the quality and freshness of our produce. We know this is very important to people and make sure that only the best is available.
How is shopping with you better for the environment?
With as much loose produce available, there is no need for an excessive use of plastic packaging. We use paper bags in-store and for deliveries cardboard boxes which can be recycled or reused.
We also source our produce from local suppliers and farmers, requiring less travel and a lower carbon footprint. This also means that by buying from us you’re not just helping one local business, but lots.
What has been your favourite part about opening and running the shop?
The amazing feedback and response from customers who regularly tell us that they have enjoyed being able to hand pick fresh ingredients without needing to throw away food they haven’t been able to use.