TWO new independent traders are breathing fresh life into Wollaton's Bramcote Lane shops.

Nando and Diane Pastore have taken on the lease at Sharpes greengrocers along with Tony and Linda Onorati, while next door P Coates & Son butchers has begun trading in the old John Bodsworth Butchers premises.

In doing so, both new tenants have unveiled exciting plans for the future.

Mr Pastore, who has lived in Wollaton for the past 16 years, said: "We are preparing for a re-brand of the shop.

"We'll call it 'SoW' – which stands for Sharpes of Wollaton. It also means to sow a seed, to grow something new, which we are definitely doing."

The shop sells fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as more exotic offerings stemming from Mr Pastore's Italian background.

He added that the store would soon offer an Italian deli counter, a home delivery service of their flowers, and more varieties of exotic fruit and vegetables.

"Bramcote Lane has always been a great, locally-supported shopping area and this gave us the confidence to take over the business," he said.

"The feedback we have had so far from existing, as well as new customers, has been very positive.

"Customers love the way we have changed the shop and are looking forward to what we are going to do in the future."

Commercial property specialists CP Walker & Son let the greengrocers to the Pastores.

Louise Dickinson, who closed the deal, said: "It's great to see that Fernando and his team are so committed to the local area and its community.

"Sharpes has been in operation for 40 years. It's an institution with a great history and a healthy future ahead.

"We're looking forward to seeing how the business grows and expands over the coming years."

The team at CP Walker has also let a neighbouring unit to P Coates & Son, an established firm of butchers which also operates in Alrewas, Borrowash and Tamworth.

The company moved into the shop following the closure of John Bodsworth Butchers in September.

The move has reversed a trend that had seen a number of long-standing Nottingham butchers shops close down.

Anthony Coates, a director at P Coates & Son, said: "We're very excited about our move on to Bramcote Lane and have ambitious plans for new products, as well as the traditional favourites, to offer our new customers."

Ms Dickinson added: "It's great news that this local community continues to be served by a local butchers, and that the street continues to flourish. It's an ideal spot for P Coates & Son to have moved into.

"We wish them all the best in their new premises."




Address 181, Bramcote Lane , Wollaton, Nottingham NG8 2QJ