Eliza and Evie Ward, daughters of Peter and Mary Ward of Country Choice in Nenagh, have been named as a ones to watch among Ireland’s next generation retailers by RGDATA.
One of Ireland’s best known local food advocates, Peter opened Country Choice store on Kenyon Street when he was 23.
Since then, Peter and Mary have developed the delicatessen and café into an award winning business, providing customers with top quality locally produced food and promoting the best of Irish artisan producers both in the region and nationally.
The Ward sisters have inherited a fantastic enthusiasm for fresh locally produced food and are introducing a whole new generation of foodies to Irish artisan products with their own unique venture, Country Choice on Tour.
Fourteen young retailers nationwide were selected based on their new concepts, ambition and youthful enthusiasm for their family owned businesses by RGDATA.
Country Choice on Tour was Eliza’s brainchild. She set it up when she was 19 with an ulterior motive.
“I wanted to make sure I got to all the summer music festivals that I would usually miss because of work,” she revealed.
It has been a huge success.
“Eliza took five items out of my shop: bread, her mum’s salad dressing, beef, salad leaves and Cashel blue cheese. She put those together in a concept and made a business out of it,” explained Peter.
“It’s a fashionable street food beef bar travelling all over Ireland for weddings, fairs, parties and street festivals,” said Eliza
“The Ward sisters and this next generation of local retailers are the faces of the future. They demonstrate how a fresh perspective, a strong worth ethic learned from an early age, a strong competitive streak and an optimistic outlook will ensure that independent, family owned shops continue to have a strong future,” said Tara Buckley of RGDATA, the voice of Ireland’s independent retailers.