It is definitely something to celebrate when the greengrocer and general store up the road from where you live is named named Food Retailer of the Year in the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards for 2015 – and the Liverpool Echo celebrates the win with a gallery of photos taken by fellow-Liverpool blogger Ronnie Hughes.
I couldn’t believe the news when I heard it on the car radio yesterday, driving home from the swimming pool.
Congratulations. It’s a great place – the only shop I know of in Liverpool where you can buy delicious medjool dates from the Palestinian Territories.
This is how the Echo reported the success of the L8 Superstore on Lodge Lane:
Judges in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015 said the L8 Superstore on Lodge Lane is playing a “vital role” in transforming the community.
The supermarket, which sells thousands of foods imported from all over the world and fresh vegetables, meat, fish, herbs and spices, competed for the award against two other shops in Gloucester and Aberystwyth.
It opened in 2011 on the site of the former Kwik Save and employs around 13 members of staff.
Senior staff member Jaber Mohamed spoke to the ECHO last month and said the secret of the shop’s success was giving customers what they wanted. He said: “We look after the customer and whatever they like. Whatever they want to ask for, we try to get it for them. We try to do our best and we have to follow what they want.
“We have customers from every country and there is a lot of choice for them. Some people look for brand names and others for the price. You will walk in and see food you have never seen before. We have African, we have Yemeni, Syrian, Indian, Romanian and Polish customers and foods. Some people call us the “United Nations” shop – it’s for everyone.”
The judges said: “Lodge Lane in Toxteth has a chequered past of problems, but in recent years the area has changed and become more vibrant, with food being at the heart of the community’s transformation.
“Liverpool 8 has played a vital role in changing a once intimidating space into a bustling one, offering a sense of community for a diverse customer base, as well as selling an abundance of herbs, spices, fresh vegetables and authentic imported ingredients.”
- Toxteth’s L8 Superstore: 16 things you can buy at Liverpool’s “United Nations” shop (Liverpool Echo)
- On Lodge Lane: The L8 Superstore: post on Ronnie Hughes’ blog, A Sense of Place, December 2014