Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fresh Blood after Two and a Half Centuries

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Fresh Blood after Two and a Half Centuries

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A WEARDALE business which has been in the same hands for two and a half centuries has brought in fresh blood as part of its plans to grow.

G Gardiner and Son has taken on Steve Falcus, who formerly worked for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), to manage its country store in Frosterley.

The qualified dry stone waller, who plied his trade in Northumberland National Park before moving into the customer service sector, will look after the shop which sells clothing, footwear, hardware and animal feed.

Gardiners, as the business is known locally, is split between the store and a fabrication and welding firm run by Jonathan Gardiner, the seventh generation of his family to head the business.

He said: "We are very well-known for the fabrication and welding side of the business but the success of the country store and feed business has meant that I simply just don't have the time give to both. We intend to grow the feed business and add to the already wide range of goods on offer in the store. …

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