Greengrocers own, run or manage shops that sell fruit and vegetables and sometimes other produce, such as fresh flowers or fish. The greengrocer's shop could be: part of a large supermarket; a market stall (see Market Trader profile); part of a franchise chain (see Self Employment Franchisee profile); or an independently owned and run establishment.
Most of the working day is spent serving customers, weighing and wrapping goods, and handling payments, but greengrocers also buy stock at wholesale fruit and vegetable markets.
Greengrocers who run their own business need to deal with the administrative and financial aspects of the business, such as totalling and banking takings at the end of each day, stocktaking and ordering goods, invoicing large customers such as hotels, keeping records for tax purposes and paying staff.
Recruiting and training new staff will also be part of the job for business owners.
Greengrocers often work long hours, a 50 hour week is not uncommon. Basic shop hours are usually from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, but some businesses may also have a late night and/or Sunday opening. It may be necessary to be up as early as 2am to travel to wholesale markets to buy stock.
Greengrocers mainly work indoors, and the job may involve a lot of lifting and carrying of stock.
A driving licence and van for picking up and delivering goods are usually necessary.
To be a greengrocer you should:
There are greengrocers’ shops in villages, towns and cities throughout the UK.
Most greengrocers are self-employed, with their own premises, but there may be opportunities to manage a shop or produce department for a supermarket chain or other fresh food department. Greengrocers can also run market stalls (see Market Trader profile) or a shop which is part of a franchise (see Self Employment Franchisee profile).
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