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Greengrocer's up for sale as owner calls it a day

By Rachel Martin

Published 22/11/2016

Ivan McElroy with Glyn Roberts, head of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), outside his shop in the run-up to Halloween last month. Ivan is now selling the premises
Ivan McElroy with Glyn Roberts, head of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), outside his shop in the run-up to Halloween last month. Ivan is now selling the premises

A well-known east Belfast greengrocers is up for sale.

Ballyhackamore business McElroy's is one of the city's top fruit and veg retailers - but after more than 30 years, owner Ivan McElroy has decided it's time to quit. He took over the shop 32 years ago aged 20, and runs it with his wife Stephanie.

"At the time my friends were all going out at night and I was doing the opposite - I was out early in the morning in the shop," he said.

Ivan plans to open holiday lets near his family farm by the Mourne Mountains, but said he'll miss the business. "I'd go down to the market five mornings a week and I suppose there is a social aspect to that. But it's a young man's game - it's a very busy shop and I want to be able to take things a bit easier," he added.

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