The Green Berry, formerly known as Earnshaw's, has been on Horbury high street for over 80 years as a Greengrocers. Simon Fishwick bought the shop in 2018 and has spent almost every waking moment, transforming it into the successful business it is today.
Simon joined the Army at 16 and to hear his mum tell it, he would have joined earlier if they had let him. He has proudly served his country and has earned both a green and maroon beret and is a trained paratrooper.
After leaving the army in 2009, Simon worked in a few different roles, until one day while visiting his hometown of Crigglestone, he saw that the greengrocer's was up for sale. Never one to back down from a challenge or shy away from hard work, Simon bought the shop and set his mind to bringing it back to life.
Since then, he has turned The Green Berry not only into a bustling Greengrocers, but a local Hub, a place where shoppers are not just a face in the crowd, but are known by staff. A place where on a hot day, a weary shopper can find a place to sit down and have a glass of water while they get their energy back.
Simon's philosophy has always been that if you look after the customers as though they were family, they will look after you and as anyone that regularly comes into the shop will confirm, that is definitely the way you get treated.
During the first Lockdown many of the customers, that usually visit the shop especially the elderly and vulnerable, were self isolating. To prevent them losing anymore normality than they already had, Simon, with the help of childhood friend Neil, set up the website and allowed people to order online for free next day delivery with no minimum spend.
While we are no longer in lockdown, this community first ethos is still prevalent and so for local deliveries, we still do not charge and require no minimum spend.
Simon's key principle's for the business are simple:
- Offer fresh, high quality produce at a reasonable price
- Give customers the highest possible standard of service
- Help out any who need it, however and wherever possible
By partnering with DPD, we have been able to take the online shopping experience nationwide and have already sent produce all over the country.
So if you are local, and haven't yet popped in to say hello, what are you waiting for? And if you live further afield, check out our online shop and grab yourself some amazing produce, shipped straight to your door!