A new grocery store has opened in an interior store in Blackburn, selling only Lancashire and local produce.
Twisted Interiors located on Preston Old Road was opened in 2020 by Claire Twist, selling crystals and holistic gifts and interiors. However, after the pandemic hit, the store had to change to meet lockdown requirements when people were shopping more online and couldn’t shop in person.
The idea for the deli came from locals who expressed their desire to have a cafe-style business in the area, with local produce and the ability to grab fast food. Owner of Twisted Interiors and new delicatessen, Claire Twist, told LancsLive: “We’ve only been open a few days and it’s already busy and we’ve had great feedback from locals. .
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“We only sell Lancashire and local produce so we have Lancashire cheese, sauces and sausages. We have also partnered with a few local businesses to work together to sell good stuff including local honey and locally prepared produce salads.
“There are quite a few indoor stores that double as a delicatessen or grocery store, so it’s not unprecedented. Delicatessen is also seeing high demand due to recent developments in the New homes are also being built as well as new businesses like beauticians and hairdressers.
“There are already a few restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood where people can sit but we didn’t want that, we just wanted to open a grocery store where people who only have about five minutes for lunch can come in quickly. We bring a range of people and some don’t drive or can’t walk far so it’s ideal for them.
Clair’s background in teaching and working in retail has combined to create a force to be reckoned with and a perfect storm of how she runs her business. Claire continued: “We work closely with the Deaf Hub and clients or students from Blackburn College who want to gain work experience, so that I can use my SEND teacher training there. Being part of the community and helping people is what I enjoy the most.
“I have a background in holistics and crystals and a lot of people wanted to know which crystals to use so that was my initial concept for the shop. However with the lockdown we had to branch out a bit more and go with the flow of the pandemic, so we created it more about interiors and items that people might have delivered to their doorsteps.
“It then became a natural progression to add the charcuterie and the food. Ever since I was younger, I’ve always been a foodie and always cooked – it’s just fabulous.”