Posted: 14/09/2017

Warwickshire farm shop reopens after arson attack

WarwickshireA Warwickshire farm shop that was razed to the ground by an arson attack in 2016 has reopened with completely revamped premises.

Malt Kiln Farm Shop co-owner Chris Lea told FFD last year how he watched his life’s work going up in flames, causing an estimated £2m of damage.

Lea and his brothers rebuilt the Stretton-under-Fosse shop from scratch after applying for planning permission.

Thanks to a business interruption insurance policy, they were able to set up a temporary stall in an agricultural building at the end of the car park just five weeks after the fire.

Lea warned all farm shop owners to ensure they renew their insurance regularly, read the small print, get business interruption cover and not to necessarily go for the cheapest policy.

Fourteen months after the catastrophic blaze, police have failed to catch the culprits.

Lea has leased out the café space, which used to be operated in-house.

“The shop is the same footprint but it’s all a single open space,” he said.

“The old one evolved over a number of years so we had added bits to the side.”

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