Food and wine retailer Booths is on track to open the much anticipated store in Burscough Lancashire on the 15 July.
Richard Ford has been appointed as the new store manager, and has some 30 years of experience of working at Booths. Ford started working at Booths Windermere at the age of 15, while still at school—with the ambition of joining the Management Trainee Programme. Following several years managing other Booths stores, in 2011 he was appointed manager of Booths in Media City, Manchester, successfully launching the store which has become a favourite of BBC employees.
Booths Burscough is almost 32,000sq ft and is one of the largest stores Booths has opened in recent years, featuring a café, butchery, fishmonger and state of the art deli counters. The store is built on the original site of HMS Ringtail and will create 80 new jobs in the region.
Ford said: “Opening Booths in Burscough is a return to the Booths heartland in rural Lancashire. The region is stacked with excellent local producers making and growing some of the finest food Britain has to offer. The state of the art store is very impressive, and I think customers will be excited about our new offer. What sets Booths apart is our close link to producers and exceptional produce.”
Richard Ford has been visiting local suppliers to try his hand at making some of the Lancashire products soon to be sold within the new store, learning first-hand the stories that make our region’s foods so special and seeing the care that goes into producing them.
He has been trying his hand making crisps at Fiddlers Lancashire Crisps, learning how to cultivate exotic mushrooms at Smithy Mushrooms and visited Jason Coxhead’s beetroot farm.
Ford said: “The food produced in our county tells a fascinating story of our region’s culinary heritage; it’s important to know the people behind the products we sell at Booths. We’re proud to sell so many products from our local suppliers and sharing the story behind them– and there’s no better way to learn about their provenance than getting stuck into producing them!”