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Green shoots of success as Sheerness couple boost business with paper bags

A high street business has gone back to the future to grow its trade.

Rob’s traditional greengrocery in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey has reintroduced recyclable paper bags to help sell a new range of £10 fruit, veg and salad packs.

Lewis and Stacey Feaver of Rob's Traditional Greengrocery in Sheerness are fighting back in the battle to keep high street businesses alive by introducing £10 vegetable, salad and fruit packs
Lewis and Stacey Feaver of Rob's Traditional Greengrocery in Sheerness are fighting back in the battle to keep high street businesses alive by introducing £10 vegetable, salad and fruit packs

Dad-of-two Lewis Feaver, 34, who runs the family firm with his dad Rob, said: “Sheerness is trying to become a plastic-free town and as everyone appears to be concerned about the future of the planet I thought it was worth going back to paper bags.

"I spent weeks researching them and hanging different types packed with weights in the back of the shop to find which were the strongest. They cost me 10p each, which is more than the plastic bags, but our customers love them."

He then borrowed a tip from his friends, butcher brothers Shaun and Steve O'Meara who run a shop in The Broadway, Minster.

Lewis said: "They prepare weekly packs with a selection of meat so I decided to try the same thing with fruit, vegetables and salads."

His wife Stacey, 33, uploaded photos of the packs to the greengrocer's Facebook page and suddenly the couple were rushed off their feet.

Lewis and Stacey Feaver of Rob's Traditional Greengrocery in Sheerness are fighting back in the battle to keep high street businesses alive by introducing £10 vegetable, salad and fruit packs
Lewis and Stacey Feaver of Rob's Traditional Greengrocery in Sheerness are fighting back in the battle to keep high street businesses alive by introducing £10 vegetable, salad and fruit packs

Lewis, who has been working with his dad since he was 16, said: "It's been like Christmas here since we launched the packs.

"It has been so busy we are even having trouble keeping up with the demand. It proves that, despite what everyone says, people are still happy to shop in the high street if you give them what they want."

The business, which was founded in 1992, also provides free delivery.

And customers at O'Meara's can even pre-order their greengrocery and pick up their packs with their meat at the weekend.

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