A major refurbishment project is under way at Glenavon Farm in Saltford to convert a group of dilapidated farm buildings and cow sheds into a new food hall and kitchen, creating around 40 jobs.
Work began this week on the new facilities and for farmer Adam Stratton it is a dream that has been in the making for years.
He said: “With the support of Bath District Farmers, I have been planning this for some time. The old dairy buildings became redundant in 2002, after we decided to move away from dairy farming following a huge decline in milk prices. Over the years they have deteriorated and begun to become a bit of an eyesore.
“It has taken some time to find the right partners to take the project further and so we are delighted that Paul Hargreaves and Paul Castle are going to work with us to make our vision a reality.”
The new food hall and kitchen will be run by independent fine food distributor Cotswold Fayre. As a B Corp, a certification that recognises companies that are using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems, it has exciting plans for the new venture.
Paul Hargreaves, chief executive at Cotswold Fayre, said: “We are thrilled to see work start on what we hope will be a fantastic addition to the local community. We plan to stock plenty of products supplied by local farmers and producers, be completely plastic-free and create around 40 local jobs.”
The managing director for the food hall and kitchen will be business partner Paul Castle, a highly experienced food retail and food service director.
It is anticipated that the new food hall and kitchen will open its doors in spring 2021. Cotswold Fayre will be creating a website and Facebook page in the coming months to keep everyone informed.