New independent food store to open in Bristol

An independent food shop that will specialise in in locally-sourced produce is soon to open in east Bristol. It is the brainchild of Holly Chalmers, a resident of the Redfield area of the city who currently manages the very popular BS5 Market in the St George area.

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A local shop for local people

The new deli will be called Butterfingers and will stock essential foodstuffs, such as fresh vegetables and fruit, eggs, milk, coffee and teas, and more specialist, luxury produce including many products to be supplied by existing BS5 Market traders.

The site is very near St George Park and neighbours the new Bristol Loaf café and bakery. In addition to being a food store, Butterfingers will offer a room that can be hired by locals to use for supper clubs, food-based workshops, or any other culinary activities.


Holly is using the global platform Kickstarter to raise funds for her new business and hopes to raise £10,000 over the next month. The money will pay for deli essentials, such as chillers, coffee machines and serve over refrigerated counters display units from suppliers such as She also needs to fit out the kitchen for future supper clubs to use. She hopes to open the store in November and the opening hours will be 10am until 7pm from Tuesday through to Sunday.

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Holly, like many entrepreneurs these days, is basing her business on the popularity of locally-sourced, additive-free and organic food. This trend has been on the rise for several years and shows no sign of abating, particularly in the metropolitan areas of the UK.

If you are thinking about opening your own food business, you can find plenty of advice on how to do so online. A great place to start is with government regulations and you can find everything you need to know on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.

Bristol is one of the UK’s most up-and-coming cities in terms of exciting and innovative new food businesses, particularly in the city’s Redfield area. Several independent food stores and cafes have opened here recently, including The Lock Up, The Dark Horse and Bristol Loaf. Providing that Holly can raise enough funds, it seems that Butterfingers will be another great addition to Bristol’s exciting new culinary scene.