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How the Banana King is helping Preston’s homeless and elderly during the coronavirus crisis

Posted on - 17th March, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Norman with his mother Ellen
Norman with his mother Ellen, who has worked in the family business for 60 years

One of Preston’s longest running shops is stepping up to support the homeless and elderly during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Banana King in Orchard Street has teamed up with The Foxton Centre and will donate two oranges with every online purchase received during the next month.

Owner Norman Young said: “We hope this will help the homeless through these worrying times and build up their immune system to help them tackle the present outbreak.”

In addition Norman is running a free grocery delivery service for old age pensioners in what he calls “these unprecedented times”.

The shop can deliver fruit, vegetables, bread, cheese, milk and more. Orders can be placed by calling 01772 562114, and payment can be made on delivery by cash or card.

Banana King was founded by Norman’s great grandfather Matthew Wade in 1889. The shop recently moved to Orchard Street after being situated in Preston Market since the 1960s.

Banana King in Orchard Street Pic: Tony Worrall
Banana King in Orchard Street Pic: Tony Worrall

Norman said: “We are a small family-run business. Since I took over the business we have seen a lot of change, from moving out of the Market to embracing the growth of internet trading through our online shop.

“We love our day-to-day trade through our shop, where people come in for a good natter and to buy their fruit and veg. Some of our customers have been coming since they were children and bring their kids in too!

“We offer a friendly service of quality locally sourced vegetables and top quality fruit from all around the world.

“I’m the lucky one, who at 3.30am each morning goes around the wholesale market sourcing the best produce of the day.

“I’m usually back in Preston in my big blue banana van for 6am, when we start putting all the orders together and filling the shop with lovely fresh fruit and veg.”

Banana King offers discounts in store and online for Blue Light cardholders, Slimming World members and others.

To shop online visit the Banana King website.

Read more: Preston cinemas close due to coronavirus

What do you think of the Banana King’s show of community spirit? Let us know in the comments.

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