A fantastic foodie success story amid the doom and gloom.
With the rise of the epicurean and locovore food movement, Irish shoppers are breathing a new life into artisan food stores and suppliers - despite the obvious challenges in the context of Covid.
Confirmation of the fact that folks are more serious than ever about buying local, and buying quality - is the Ardkeen Stores success story in Waterford city.
The supermarket on the Dunmore Road is famed for supporting local suppliers that fosters a real sense of intimacy with the food you're purchasing. There's a feeling of trust when you know your butcher, or local breadmaker, and can track the provenance of every item in your food basket.
And now the award-winning store is setting up shop in the city centre, with Ardkeen on the Quay set to take over the prime space that was formerly the cafe at Shaws.
Director Colin Jephson took to Twitter to share an update on progress, noting that the new outlet is 'opening soon'.
— Colin Jephson (@ardkeengrocer) August 19, 2020
Locals can expect the same excellent quality food products made by small-scale artisans from the south-east and beyond, while their online store ardkeen.com provides suppliers with another opportunity to showcase their wares.
Lead image via Twitter/@ardkeengrocer