Foodie makes the leap from classroom to cheese and chocolates

The old adage ‘you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone’ perfectly suits this inspirational tale of a former teacher who is now living her business dream.

When Wells Stores, Farm Shop and Deli in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, first came on the market it generated a good deal of interest, particularly from those in the area who were well acquainted with the business.

Simon Hunt

Simon Hunt, Business Partnership’s regional partner for the Oxford and Swindon areas, takes up the story…

“The business was on the brink of being sold to someone else but fell through at the last minute and this gave the teacher, who already worked there part-time, some food for thought. She offered the asking price and her bid was accepted by our client.”

Wells Stores, Farm Shop and Deli, which was being sold for the first time in 16 years, has an excellent reputation in the county and beyond for its impressive range of food items including farmhouse and European cheeses, freshly baked artisan bread, farm produced sausages, dry cured bacon, hampers, speciality teas and coffees, chocolates and home-made cakes. Soft fruit and vegetables grown at Peach Croft Farm are also available.

And, as Simon explains, its enthusiastic new owner has bold plans to raise its profile even higher: “Although the sale was only completed a few weeks ago, significant changes have been made to the business including enlarging the cafe area, moving walls and new interior decor.

“The new owner is a real entrepreneur as well as being passionate about food and, as she worked there before taking the business over, she is aware of both its strengths and the areas which can be improved on.

“Everyone at Business Partnership wishes her well as her business journey progresses.”

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