A thriving family-run farm shop is sowing the seeds for future growth with a major expansion of its business at Stoneleigh Park.
Farmers Fayre, which specialises in local produce through its farm and coffee shop and event catering, has outgrown its existing premises on the estate and work has started on a replacement four times the size.
A major refurbishment of a redundant two-storey building on the site is under way that will increase the size of its premises from 1,500 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft, enabling expansion as well as food preparation, production and storage facilities to be brought under the same roof.
The new-look Farmers Fayre, due to open in September, will have 2,000 sq ft of retail space, which is bigger than the whole of its current premises, and a ground floor restaurant with an increase in seating capacity from 20 to 50.
Seating for a further 100 people will be available in a newly-created veranda and garden area, while the first floor will feature three large meeting and function rooms for hire, along with offices.
It is so far the biggest refurbishment undertaken by LaSalle Investment Management, as part of its ongoing transformation of Stoneleigh Park into a centre of agricultural excellence.
Farmers Fayre was founded by husband and wife team, Nicola and Michael Reece, who work closely with local farmers, small producers and suppliers to source high-quality produce within the region.
Nicola said: “This is a major expansion for us, given that we started out at Stoneleigh Park in a log cabin eight years ago. The business has grown to such an extent that we are at full capacity so it is much-needed. LaSalle has given us the confidence to move forward at Stoneleigh Park.
“There is no doubt that there is a real buzz around the estate with the investment and new businesses being drawn here. We are very excited.”