Pair serve up more options after £100k investment in food scene

From left to right: Chris Stuart with sons Cameron and Tom.
From left to right: Chris Stuart with sons Cameron and Tom.

An entrepreneurial couple are hoping to serve up more choice after investing over £100,000 in the food scene.

Chris and Katie Stuart, from Holyfield, have launched their second business venture in a year after taking over Monkseaton fish and chip shop, Monk Fisheries.

Following a £25,000 investment, the pair have added a second part to their food empire, re-launching Deli 13.

The re-opening of the deli, which is located next door to Monk Fisheries in Seatonville Road, secured three jobs and with expansion on the cards has the potential to create more job opportunities for the region.

Chris said: “Both businesses have a really great reputation with the local community and we want to continue to build on this.

“Our main values are based heavily on esteemed customer service and attention to detail – something so often sacrificed in a quick-service environment.

“With Monk Fisheries’ success booming, when Deli 13 came up for sale next door we grabbed the chance to purchase it as well.

“We have a really exciting 12 months ahead of us as we move forward with plans to continue developing our businesses.”

After taking over Monk Fisheries in autumn 2014 for £75,000, Chris and Katie invested a further £6,000 in refurbishing the shop and securing the franchise licence to become the region’s first Stone Willy’s pizzeria.

Chris added: “We are extremely proud to be a family-run business.

“Katie’s father, Keith has a wealth of 35 years’ business experience which helped massively in the initial start-up phases and our two sons, Cameron and Tom, can often be found working alongside us when they aren’t at university.”

For more on Monk Fisheries call 0191 251 7268 or call 07725 910610 for Deli 13.