Darwen Market’s popular delicatessen and café, Deli Carlo’s, has been bought by local couple Jackie Aspinall and Steven Wood.
Jackie, who was on the lookout for a new opportunity that would fit better with her lifestyle, was delighted when she saw that Deli Carlo was up for sale.
“It seemed like the perfect opportunity, especially with the work just being completed on Darwen Market Square. Also, it is very local for me, I can walk to work!”
She went on to say;
“Once we put the offer in we were amazed at how quickly it all happened. We have been very grateful that Carlo the original owner has offered support and Rebecca, the previous owner stayed on to help with the hand over. We have kept the existing employees, who are great. All of this has made the transition very smooth. We’ve had tremendous support from the market traders too, who have made us welcome and we buy meat and vegetables from the market for making the meals – such good quality!”
The couple, who have experience of running food businesses locally, are keen to build on their predecessor’s success and are not planning to make any radical changes to Deli Carlo’s. It will retain its Italian focus, although some wider Mediterranean influences may start to appear on the menu. Jackie spent 11 years living in Spain, so has a wealth of culinary experience that she picked up there. In addition, there may be a refresh of the decor, so watch this space!
The feedback that Jackie has received so far from customers has been positive and she is really enjoying it.
“Working here is lovely – look at the surroundings! Hearing all the customers stories, getting support from family and friends, having a much better work life balance – even if I am up in the night wondering what to order in for Christmas! It is hard work but I love it.”
Jackie, whose talents appear to be endless, is qualified in British Sign Language and is able to sign to customers. After a special request, Deli Carlo’s will be offering a regular signed coffee morning starting on Tuesday 3rd September, 10:00am – 12:30pm.
Deli Carlo’s very popular coffees can now be enjoyed by those who are dairy milk free, as an alternative soya milk will be on offer.
Deli Carlo’s is open 9am – 4pm every day except Tuesday and Sunday. Pop down and say hello to the new owners and get your orders in early for the very popular Christmas hampers!