The Channel Islands Co-operative Society celebrate a fifty-year partnership
SINCE 1968, Lloyd and Grace Le Gresley have been supplying The Channel Islands Co-operative Society with their local produce. To celebrate this fifty-year partnership, the Society threw a surprise party for Lloyd, Grace and their family on Wednesday 31st October.
Lloyd and Grace supply the Society with radishes, beetroot (both cooked and uncooked) and onions. The onions can be bought in store on strings, which Lloyd does by hand.
The Channel Islands Chief Executive Officer, Colin Macleod said, “We're proud to work closely with many local producers and we actively look to stock our shelves with local products. We’re passionate supporters of local suppliers and know that buying locally not only supports our economy but helps care for the environment too. To have worked with Lloyd and Grace Le Gresley for fifty years is quite astounding. I can remember Lloyd delivering to stores 28 years ago when I had just started and now they are both familiar faces to all our colleagues and customers.”
Lloyd initially worked in telecoms and his wife, Grace, has always had an interest in gardening. Lloyd decided to buy Grace a gardening book and from there Grace started growing and supplying local hotels. Gradually the business expanded, and Lloyd and Grace made it their full-time career.
Lloyd Le Gresley said, “It doesn’t seem like 50 years! I remember my first deliveries to the Co-op – it was always a challenge to find out where to deliver to as each store was different.”
Grace Le Gresley added, “We have always enjoyed supplying the Co-op’s various outlets and Lloyd has always found the staff to be very friendly. The first shop we supplied was in 1968, the shop at Charing Cross. It was the only one in Jersey at the time, apart from the travelling van that is”.