The Headingley Greengrocer

Many people will already know that, all being well, Headingley Development Trust will soon take ownership of RK Harris & Sons at 50 North Lane, Headingley …

… AND we are now looking for a manager for the new shop! See the panel on the right for details.

RK Harris and Sons High Class Fruiterers has been an important part of Headingley life for many years and has offered the community an excellent range of fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, Christmas trees etc. Keith Harris retired two years ago and Eileen and Raymond Harris, the owners, recently approached us to explore the possibility of HDT buying the Headingley business.

Due diligence has been carried out and a business case developed. The HDT board has agreed to buy the business, through investment by the Headingley Investment Fund [HIF]; this will take the form of a loan to a newly-formed company which will trade as The Headingley Greengrocer.It is legally constituted as a separate enterprise but wholly owned by HDT.

A steering group, comprising Helen Seymour, HDT chair, Richard Norton, HDT secretary, Rachel Harkess, Natural Food Store chair, Maggie Burden and Jane Haworth began work on what is a substantial project. The HDT finance committee and HIF committee have also been closely involved. The NFS is providing an additional business loan at a low interest rate.

The date for the business transfer is not yet finalised, but we hope the business will open under new ownership by mid February.

We hope that all HDT members will support the shop, but if you would like to know more or get involved contact: info@headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk

Full details of this exciting new enterprise and other ways HIF is supporting Headingley will be explained at the HDT AGM on Wednesday 13th March at HEART. Please put the date in your diary and watch out for the formal notification shortly!

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Job Vacancy - Details

The Headingley Greengrocer [Headingley Development Trust [Commercial] Ltd]

Job title: Manager

Location: Central Headingley

Hours: c.42, over five days, starting 4am four days per week.

Salary: £22,900 pa, payable monthly, rising to £24,000 when confirmed in post.

Holidays: four weeks per year + statutory bank holidays

We are seeking a manager for our newly acquired green grocery store. This is a long standing and much loved shop. We aim to build up a first class and profitable store and seek an energetic, entrepreneurial and hard working individual to lead the team. This is a great job with lots of autonomy.

Essential requirements:

– An understanding of the greengrocery trade

– A driving licence

– A good level of numeracy and an understanding of business

– Happy to work in the cold; be reasonably physically fit

– Great person skills and a commitment to excellent service

Contact info@headingleydevelopmenttrust.org.uk  for a full job description and how to apply. Closing date: 4th Feb and interviews: 11/12th Feb.