We wonder how many of our readers recall Worthington’s Cash Stores, the local chain of grocery shops with their memorable slogan, “Let Worthington’s feed you”? By 1960, the company had 47 branches, the vast majority within Leicester, but also in the county, and in Coventry, Northampton, Nuneaton and Rugby. Founded by Charles T Worthington in 1891, the first of many stores was at 18 Humberstone Road, Leicester. Want to read more Leicestershire nostalgia? These two great photos from our archive show two of the firm’s shops, in Oban Street and Uppingham Road. The earlier photo, top, dates to 1913 and shows the shop on the corner of Oban Street and Beatrice Road, in Newfoundpool. The window display looks very intricate and must have taken hours to create. The banners advertise dried plums at 6d a pound, cooking figs at 3d per lb and dried apricots at 9d per lb. It seems that it was not just today’s health-conscious people who valued the benefit of … [Read more...] about Who remembers Worthington’s, the chain of local grocery shops?
Matthew Wilson USA TODAY Published 3:55 p.m. UTC Aug 2, 2018 Seth Meyers' "Closer Look" segment from Wednesday's episode of "Late Night" would have fit right in with the rest of the ribbing at Donald Trump's Comedy Central roast from 2011. The comedian referenced the previous day's Florida rally where the president called for voter ID laws to stop undocumented immigrants. "Trump proved once again that he is a man of the people who is in touch with the lives of average Americans.” Apparently, Trump was under the impression that everyone has to show ID for menial tasks like grocery shopping. “If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card, you need ID,” Trump told supporters. “No, you don’t,” Meyers responded, before adding, “Unless you’re buying your groceries at a strip club.” (He's right: In most cases, grocery store clerks only ask for photo identification when … [Read more...] about Watch Seth Meyers imagine what grocery shopping is like for Donald Trump
Online grocery shopping may be a convenient, time-saving option for the digital generation, but its environmental impact isn’t so impressive when you factor in the pollutive footprint of the packaging and delivery vehicles. So, what can be done to make shopping (online, and otherwise) more sustainable? Sush Kelly from Kings Heath, Birmingham, is working with his wife Heidi, and friends Andy and Kate, to launch Pack Your Own. A new shopping service that will deliver plastic-free products by bike to the residents of Kings Heath, Stirchley and Moseley in the city. Sush, a 41-year-old father-of-two, will be heading out on his bike along with his business partners. “The four of us will be making the early morning deliveries, as far as our legs will carry us,” he told HuffPost UK. Items will come under three different categories: ‘in the kitchen’, ‘in the bathroom’ and ‘in the cleaning cupboard’. Cosmetics, food and … [Read more...] about A New Plastic-Free Online Grocery Shop Is Set To Deliver To Your Door Via Bike
PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 June 2018 Franki Berry Left to right: Tania Trovatello and Celina Mendoza. Archant Reduce, reuse, recycle is the motto of a plastic-free grocery shop opening in St Albans. Left to right: Celina Mendoza and Tania Trovatello. Environmentally-minded customers can visit The Refill Pantry on London Road with their own containers, bags, and bottles to pick up dried foods, herbs, spices, oils, vinegars, shampoos and cleaning products. Most of the stock is organic, local, and from ethical suppliers. Although some of the goods will be packaged, none of it will be plastic. Tania Trovatello and Celina Mendoza, who met as neighbours on Charmouth Road, set up the business together. Celina, 48, said: “At the moment, even if you want to buy your food without plastic, you can’t do it at a lot of shops. “It is something we feel passionately about and by doing this we hope to raise awareness of the issue and get people doing all they can both in our … [Read more...] about Plastic free grocery shop opening in St Albans
Sometimes it’s the small disappointments in everyday life that leave you brooding on the big stuff, writes Pam Pearce. I was rocked by the sudden closure of three small, well-established and much-loved Nottingham grocery shops - Baileys Fruit Market on Mapperley Top, the Salad Bowl in West Bridgford and Thomas’s in Ruddington - all within the space of a few months. Or rather, their demise seemed sudden to me. Perhaps that’s because I was in Thomas’s for my regular Saturday shop just after the wonderful, warm staff got the bad news this was to be their last day. The usual bustle – a real feature and pleasure of village life – was replaced with sadness and sobs; there were tears and hugs, amid the pears and eggs. Look a little closer though and the steady rise of budget German supermarkets, and other cheap food options, means small independent traders have been engaged in a one-sided struggle for a long time. Glyn Thomas, the owner of the two south … [Read more...] about Are grocery shop closures a sign that we pay too high a price for cheap food?