Wholefoods biz expands

A wholefoods business that launched to carry on the mantle of one of Shrewsbury’s most popular health food shops, after it closed following 30 years in the town, has gone from strength to strength.

Snapdragon Wholefoods, based in Shrewsbury’s indoor market, is celebrating an expansion, a new apointment and its third year of trading.

The business, which stocks 100 different loose herbs and spices, 70 different teas, 40 different flours and a vast range of grains and pulses, was opened two years ago by Jan Bridges, a member of the former Crabapple Cooperative that went on to set up Wild Thyme.

Based in Castle Gates, Wild Thyme was a fixture of the town for almost three decades before it closed in 2011, leaving many customers feeling bereft.

Snapdragon Wholefoods has built up its own loyal customer base and has doubled in size to accommodate growing demand. A new partner has also joined the business.

Susan Lowe, a former senior planning policy officer with Shropshire Council, has ditched her pen and clipboard in favour of a new life behind the counter.

She served as a planning officer in the county for 25 years, firstly with North Shropshire Council and then with Shropshire Council.

“Reaching that 25-year milestone, I decided I wanted to do something completely different,” she said.

“I’ve been a vegetarian for many years and environmental issues and food ethics have always interested me.”

Jan said: “Having grown the new company’s customer base we decided the business could support two people working behind the counter.”  

Snapdragon Wholefoods has also launched a delivery service to Shrewsbury addresses.

The shop also sells a wide range of dried fruits, nuts, rapeseed oils, condiments and local honey as well as chemical-free toothpaste and natural grooming and cleaning products, including Ecover refills. It boasts a rare full range of Pataks curry pastes.

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