By Lily Chick
A POPULAR Uppermill greengrocer is seeking someone to take over her store and keep the village shop alive after three decades.
Caroline Hardman took over the reigns of the store on New Street in March 2014 with her brothers John and Tony but it has been a greengrocers for about 28 years before that.
They renamed it ‘Alimentari Di Alberti’ to reflect their Italian heritage, and brought in an extended range of fruit, vegetables, cheeses, bread, fish and Saddleworth milk.
Her brothers decided to focus on their cooking and modelling careers last year and now Caroline is keen to spend more time with her young family rather than be a business owner.
“I’ve got two little girls, aged one and eight, and I want to spend more time with them and see them grow up,” she explained.
“I love having my own business but I am up early at 4.30am to go to food markets, then working in the shop, then doing admin at night and it is very tiring.
“I want to spend more time with my little girls and family as you can’t get that time back.”
Caroline added said: “There is so much potential for the shop as there is a lot more space at the back that could be used.
“There has been some interest already. I would really love whoever takes over to keep it as a greengrocers, not turn it into another café of coffee shop.”
Alberti’s offer their own free local delivery on veg boxes from £10, and run a loyalty scheme for dedicated customers.
They are also setting up a delivery service with nearby business Paul’s Quality Meats, which is set to be launched soon.
For more information about the sale of the shop email Caroline on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Alimentari Di Alberti at 4B New Street in Uppermill or call them on 01457 871004.