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Greengrocer celebrates half century with 1960s prices

A trader celebrated half a century serving customers in Surbiton by rolling back fruit and veg prices to 1960s prices.

Charlie Stear, 89, started Charles Fredric Stear Greengrocers, in Surbiton Hill Road with his wife Amy, 85, in 1962, and has since handed down the family business to his son Martin. The shop did a "roaring trade" as customer snapped up bargains with produce such as potatoes, carrots and cabbage all costing just a penny - the same price as 50 years ago. There was also a visit from Kingston mayor Mary Heathcote, and Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey, who chatted with Mr and Mrs Stear before snapping up some cut price potatoes.

Martin Stear, 55, said the day, which took place on November 3, attracted hundreds of customer, some who have been buying from the shop for 40 years.

Martin said the trick to 50 years in his business, which also employs his sister Wendy Catchpole and nephew Steward Catchpole, was always to greet customers with a smile.


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