New owner Jackie’s keep­ing it or­ganic

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

POP­U­LAR or­ganic gro­cery store and cafe The Or­ganic Pantry has a new owner at the helm af­ter the busi­ness was sold.

Jackie Webb, who used to work at the Ross River Rd cafe and pro­duce shop, is the new owner and she has al­ready started mak­ing small changes.

Ms Webb said she bought the busi­ness due to its food phi­los­o­phy.

“I liked the con­cept of the busi­ness hav­ing worked pre­vi­ously at Pa­leo Cafe which in­tro­duced me to di­etary needs and then it pro­gressed from there,” she said.

“The prin­ci­ples of the cafe and the shop will stay the same. I’m just putting my per­son­al­ity on things.

“The menu has just had a re­vamp but the prod­ucts are still all or­ganic, gluten free and cer­ti­fied or­ganic when pos­si­ble.”

Ms Webb said she was putting in a huge amount of work be­hind the scenes to try to en­sure the busi­ness is a suc­cess and the feed­back from cus­tomers had been pos­i­tive.

“I can’t re­ally say I’m con­fi­dent be­cause it’s a busi­ness that runs on peo­ple so with that peo­ple can be so fickle so at the end of the day you have to work at keep­ing them in­ter­ested,” she said.

“Be­ing a cafe and pantry style en­vi­ron­ment un­der the one roof, you can come and have a cof­fee know­ing 85 per cent of prod­ucts used in the kitchen are from the shelves and if any­thing it’s prob­a­bly more.”

CHRISTIE ANDERSON

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