WITH a “very heavy heart”, the owner of a well-known fresh fruit and veg shop in Omagh town centre has made the decision to close after almost four decades of trading.
The Salad Bowl was first opened in July 1986 by Dungannon couple, Stanley and Mae Frew, and later passed down to their son, Ian.
It enjoyed a very successful 36-year residency at the bottom of Market Street, with the staff serving the Omagh community with a smile, but last week Ian made the “very tough” decision to close.
“I loved my job, loved the work and meeting people. We had lovely customers coming through the doors over the years, many who soon became friends,” Ian said.
“I’ll really miss that, but it was the right time to close.”
Although sad to say goodbye to the Salad Bowl, the Dungannon man is not leaving behind the fruit and veg industry entirely and will now join the family wholesale business, S Frew and Sons, who supplied the shop with their stock.
Thinking back on all the “great times” had in the Omagh store, Ian would like to thank the local community for their continued support.
“We would like to thank all our loyal customers for their continued and valued support, to our neighbours down at the bottom of the town and to our staff, Daran and Alan for their hard work and commitment over the years,” he added.