Dalip Matta is celebrating 30 years in the business. The grocery stalwart and award-winning trailblazer, who along with brother Deepak, runs Matta’s is noticing a real boom in healthy eating.
“We’ve noticed that Liverpool and its people are taking a much keener interest in health and wellness in all of its forms of late,” says Dalip. “The spikes amongst wellness food and drink on our website proves that.”
Dalip says it’s been a long road for many operators in Liverpool treading the wellness path “We at Matta’s had a vision many years ago to bring a more health-aligned range of products and we know that in spite of the large array of our current stock, it is just the beginning,” he says.
“We’ve always thought that the most positive action to take when you have a passion for something that is missing in your home city is to provide it for everyone yourselves. And that’s what we’re doing.
“We’re also bringing more of Matta’s to the outside world taking part in many pop up events rather than just expecting people to visit our shop…actually we never expected lots to visit, just hoped.”
As well as the ingredients and products we’ve all come to know and love, Matta’s position on Liverpool’s burgeoning restaurant quarter Bold Street means it’s become a centre for new and unusual products too.
“We’re getting approaches from really exciting, nascent businesses offering high quality products especially organic and or/vegan products, many of which are perishable goods that lend well to pop-up activity in-store, heightened social media activity and national press coverage,” he says. “We’re also often giving fledging companies their first start and it’s been great to watch them grow.
“In addition, and especially based where we are in the restaurant quarter, we’ve plenty of famous faces like Nisha Katona shopping with us from the industry as we sell so many basic essentials for cooking…we’ve grown our business buy selling natural ingredients, I guess in referring to wellness, we’re just calling them something different but the range in the market just gets bigger and so does our stock!”
All this has culminated in Dalip putting together plans for a wellness cafe and treatment rooms in substantial space above the shop with work beginning this Spring.
“Along with introducing a loyalty card for the store, it’s a really exciting development for us and there’s much anticipation amongst the city’s wellness community for its opening.”
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