Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Successful health shop signs long term lease for Ormskirk premises

The coronavirus pandemic would be an extremely difficult time for any business to set up new premises.

But Steve Rowlands and his partner Gary were so impressed when they visited Ormskirk's artisan market last autumn, they took up the short term lease to open a health food business in our pop up shop in Wheatsheaf Walk.

Despite the significant challenges of two lockdowns, Steve and Gary are so pleased with the business and their premises they have now signed a long-term lease to continue trading as The Salt and Rock Shop and The Healthy Option.

Steve said: "We really liked the look and feel of Ormskirk when we first came and the price and site of the pop up shop were right for us, so we decided to give it a go.

"The customers and other people we have met since we opened have been really nice and the Council have been great with us, solving any issues we have had very quickly. The lockdown has been hard for us to deal with, but we are working our way through it and plan to be in Ormskirk for many years to come."

Steve and Gary have been in the health food business for more than 20 years and also have shops in Widnes and Birkenhead.

As well as selling vitamins, supplements, health foods and aromatherapy products, the new shop has inspired them to branch out by selling Himalayan salt lamps and crystals. Normally, they would only sell these items at festivals, but with large gatherings cancelled over the last 12 months, the new shop in Ormskirk has given them another valuable outlet for their business.

Councillor Adam Yates, West Lancashire Borough Council portfolio holder for Transformation and Resources, said: "We have worked hard to support the local economy throughout the pandemic including enabling business to access nearly £30 million in business grants so they can keep trading in incredibly difficult circumstances.

"We are really pleased that a new business that started off as part of one of our initiatives like the pop up shop scheme is doing so well. We wish Steve and Gary great success for the future."