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Retailer of the Year: Local greengrocers Grattan’s recognised for commitment to community

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Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive Retail NI presents the Retail Sector Business or Retailer of the Year Award to Gemma Montgomery and Peter Wallace from Grattan’s Family Greengrocers & Fine Food Store at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive Retail NI presents the Retail Sector Business or Retailer of the Year Award to Gemma Montgomery and Peter Wallace from Grattan’s Family Greengrocers & Fine Food Store at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive Retail NI presents the Retail Sector Business or Retailer of the Year Award to Gemma Montgomery and Peter Wallace from Grattan’s Family Greengrocers & Fine Food Store at the Belfast Telegraph Business Awards. Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Grattan's is a small greengrocers in Donaghadee.

It was launched in September 2020, after its owners, Gemma and Peter took over a run down greengrocers with the vision of creating a “more uniquely Northern Irish store”.

Its ascent to popularity was quick and its beckoning accolades include the McKennas Guide Best in Ireland award for 2021 and 2022 as a result.

The store’s goal is to support local artisan producers and promote sustainability.

During lockdown it was a hub in the community and one of the only shops opened in the town.

It quickly adapted to our new way of living and began offering a delivery service, even picking up items in other shops for customers who were unable to leave their homes.

Establishing great relationships with the community has been at the heart of Grattan’s success, as too has its connection with other businesses in the area to which it also supplies its produce.

The store has big plans are on the horizon to elaborate on its existing services.

It will launch a Deli at the back of the store, expanding into sandwiches, salads and sliced meats as well as its own condiments including coleslaw.

Gemma Montgomery said: “We’re such a small business and we thought how in the world could we compete to win this award, but here we are.

“We took over an existing small green grocers during lockdown and we hit the ground running, and expanded it.

“We’ve had a lot of support and a lot of very loyal customers who keep coming back including many Londoners who are relocating to Donaghadee thanks to hybrid working.

“We focus on Northern Ireland produce because at the time there were so many producers of all manner of things so we took that on and tried to keep the business as much Northern Irish and Irish as we can.”

Peter Wallace added: “We have been delighted with how well Grattan’s is doing. We named the store after my grandparents so it means a lot to win this award.”


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