A FORMER journalist who left his job to set up a fruit and veg stall in north Leeds is celebrating his latest success.
Chapel Allerton resident Richard White started a stall outside Yorkshire Bank on Stainbeck Lane 18 months ago.
It has proved such a hit that he has now opened his own shop – across the road from his original stall.
The Fruit Stall on Harrogate Road is going from strength to strength after the shop opened its doors just over a month ago.
Father-of-two Richard said: “There were a number of people who thought I was mad to give up a stable job to sell fruit but it has paid off.
“I had always wanted a greengrocers in Chapel Allerton.
“I just think local shops are really important. It’s all about the community really.”
Richard is keen to fly the flag for Leeds and Yorkshire, and buys locally where ever possible.
He added: “At the moment we’ve got asparagus from Horsforth in. I’ve been at the farm this morning picking it up.
“Our cabbages, cauliflowers and leeks are from Leeds too.”
His original stall opposite the shop is still open on Saturdays.
Speaking about the business, Richard, 30, added: “We were keeping busy on the stall and a lot of our customers were asking us when we were opening a shop.
“We always said we would never open a shop because we try to keep tight margins on fresh quality stuff.
“I never thought we would be able to make it work.
“But the right shop came up next to the butchers and it’s quite small, so the rent is quite affordable.
“I didn’t want to change the ethos of the company – keeping quality and freshness high and prices down.
“We have got our regulars who have been really supportive, and we’ve seen a lot of new faces too.”