Reward for £125k foodhall investment at Country Harvest
A Yorkshire Dales destination store has been named top shop in a regional business awards scheme after investing £125,000 in complete revamp of its foodhall.
Country Harvest, located on the A65 at Ingleton, was crowned Retailer of the Year in the Westmorland Gazette Business & Tourism Awards.
A combined gift shop, foodhall and 65-seater coffee shop, Country Harvest was opened 20 years ago on a former petrol station site by two farming families and sold to its current owners, business partners Mike Clark and Gay Penn, in 2008. Well sited to pick up tourists en route to the Lakes, the Dales and the Lancashire seaside, it attracts nearly a quarter of a million customers annually.
The store closed for a week in January of this year for a complete refit of the foodhall and coffee shop by Bournemouth-based contractor Creative Retail Solutions.
Marketing manager Gillian Cowburn described the new look as “much more bespoke and far more practical. “That’s from the customer’s point of view on ease of access – there’s much more room to browse – and from a staff point of view on the practicalities of displaying and storing stock,” she said.
Improvements include a chilled olive bar, new upright freezers and an extended fresh produce display area.
Country Harvest employs over 50 full- and part-time staff, making it a major employer in the area.