Specialist wine and spirit store, Johns Wines, is raising a glass to the opening of a new shop in Fowey.
The family business, which has run a popular store in St Ives for generations, has expanded and taken on a second store with support from Truro-based asset finance provider, Ignition.
Brothers Tom and Sam Hanson took ownership of the business around ten years ago, with the name honouring their great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Johns, who first opened a greengrocer in St Ives in 1894. The Johns Wines store in St Ives has proved hugely popular among tourists and regulars alike, stocking a wide variety of fine wines, craft spirits and local beers.
Keen to expand, the brothers had been waiting for the right property in the perfect location and found it on Fore Street in Fowey. The busy street is in the heart of the tourist shopping area and the property itself is attractive and spacious on two floors.
Tom Hanson said: “We knew as soon as we found the Fowey property that it would be perfect for us, but had to plan and complete the fit-out swiftly in order to establish ourselves and make the most of the tourist season. By facilitating a suitable and competitive loan for us, Ignition has helped us make this dream become a reality.
“The new store looks fantastic, and we have employed five new staff members who are fully trained, knowledgeable about our products, and excellently placed to provide advice and assistance to customers.
“Now that the store is open, we’re considering how to make the most of the fantastic space available to us. This may include hosting private tasting evenings in store, and possibly the introduction of a wine bar on the upper level.”