The Stroud Wine Company is expanding, with a second site set to open later this month.
Richard and Laura Holloway launched the business in 2017 after relocating from Brighton, where they had worked at both Oddbins and Quaff.
The new shop at Griffin Mill may only be a five-minute drive away from their shop at Withy’s Yard, but each location has its own benefits.
“I suppose it’s quite unusual to have two shops within the same town,” says Laura. “But for us a lot of it’s about storage and parking as well. [Withy’s Yard] is in the town centre, which is pedestrianised, and is great, but there’s the demand for people to be able to just pull up outside as well.
“There’s an alleyway down to our shop and a busy café opposite, so you can imagine what it’s like getting a pallet delivery. We also spend a lot of time delivering so it’s also about being able to do that side of things more easily.”
The weekly farmers’ market also ensures footfall.
“The lovely thing about Griffin Mill,” continues Laura, “is it’s on the Golden Valley, which has just seen a lot of investment [as part of the Stroudwater canal regeneration]. It’s a really nice area that’s going to hopefully attract more tourists and there’s lots of other lovely businesses down near the canal, like Stroud Brewery and lots of cafés.”