New owners at iconic retailer

Pictured from left outside the Fruit Basket are new owners Sharon Longcroft and Hugh Fink with previous owners Chris Thompson and Julie Cawood.  (131111M1a)
Pictured from left outside the Fruit Basket are new owners Sharon Longcroft and Hugh Fink with previous owners Chris Thompson and Julie Cawood. (131111M1a)
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Two familiar faces of Boroughbridge’s High Street have called it a day after running a successful business in the town for 21 years.

Chris Thompson and Julie Cawood are hanging up their white aprons and retiring from the Fruit Basket with the business passing to new owners – local couple Sharon Longcroft and Hugh Fink

Since opening in 1992, The Fruit Basket has become one of Boroughbridge’s showpiece retail establishments selling not only fruit and veg but also providing a visual treat for the eyes with its pavement displays and fine food selection.

The shop has been featured in many magazines as well as making a guest appearance on ITV’s Heartbeat. It also caught the eye of Prince Charles on his visit to Boroughbridge in 2011 when he admired the display and conversed about the importance of local businesses providing local produce as well as swapping a few asparagus growing tips.

Chris and Julie said: “We wish to thank all the customers that have passed through the doors over the past 21 years as we couldn’t have done it without you.”

New owner Hugh Fink has worked in engineering for 31 years –most recently as a sales and account manager – and is leaving his current job while Sharon, who runs Boroughbridge-based Poplar Framing, will relocate her business to a home studio a short distance from the business.

Sharon said: “It’s an exciting time for both of us. I would certainly hope to see a lot of faces I already know but the Fruit Basket is a completely different challenge. We want to maintain its reputation as the finest, friendliest fine food emporium in the area.”