Luke French and Stacey Sherwood-French, owners of Sheffield restaurant Jöro, have announced plans to open a retail and hospitality business as part of the redevelopment of the city's Oughtibridge Paper Mill.
Described as a hybrid of grocery store and restaurant, the business will house several food vendors selected by the couple, and will sell high-quality food, drink and retail products. The project is due to launch in spring 2023 following the transformation of the 150-year-old mill.
The Sheffield-based husband-and-wife team said Shöp will sell products including natural wines, charcuterie, organic fruit and vegetables, Yorkshire wagyu, Sheffield honey, cheeses, crockery made by a local ceramicist, craft beers, kombucha, Caravan coffee, cookbooks by Luke, prints and stationery from local artists, skincare products from Pelegrims, and Jöro-branded chef toolkits, gin and candles.
By night, Shöp will sell wines by the glass and simple snacks, and will host flower-arranging classes, knife-sharpening workshops, and events for the local community, such as 'meet the chef or producer'.
It will be the couple's second Shöp, following the launch of the first much smaller iteration in the city's Cutlery Works in Neepsend Lane over the summer.
The former mill, which has received planning consent to become a mixed-use food hall and community hub, will also offer a co-working space.
Luke said: "We are so excited to be involved with the repurposing on this incredible site and we cannot wait to open the doors of our new concept. We are passionate about the region and are proud to showcase a lot of food and drink from Sheffield as well as the county of Yorkshire. In addition, though, we will be offering quality items from further afield, such as wines from Sagar + Wilde, Wildfarmed flour, single-species charcoal from Oxfordshire, hand-made skincare products, Neal's Yard Cheeses, and much more."
Stacey added: "Extending our group of hospitality businesses into retail feels like a natural step for us, particularly after we started selling products online during lockdown. Our customers are frequently asking us where we buy our produce and products from – supplies that the public can't easily access or might not be familiar with - and so it seemed like a logical move to grow our collection of businesses in this direction. We are proud of our own-brand gin and wine, along with our chef tool kits that we believe will appeal to consumers. We also plan to host events at night, which will include wine and cheese evenings too."
Luke French and Stacey Sherwood-French's business interests include Jöro, which opened in 2016, followed by street food concept Konjö in late summer 2019 and House of Jöro in June 2021.