North-east family run chip shop celebrates 50 years of trading under five generations

L-R-Darren Thomson, Stevie Ball, Dawn Ball, Lynne Sharman & David Sharman

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ELLON-based chip shop Jax Food Bar is celebrating 50 years of business – operating as a family-run firm.

Lynne and David Sharman have managed the eatery for 20 years, having inherited it from David’s father.

Lynne leads an 11-strong team running the takeaway on Bridge Street.

She said: “We feel extremely proud to be marking 50 years as a family-run outfit. When Jack Sharman started the business back in 1970, he could never have dreamed that his shop would still be serving fish suppers all these years later.

David added: “My grandmother, my father, my sister, myself and my wife, our kids and our grandchildren have all worked behind the counter of the shop. It’s a family tradition to serve at Jax.

“A summer spent in lockdown isn’t quite how we envisaged marking our 50th anniversary, but all the local firms are in it together, and there’s been tremendous support locally in the Ellon business community.”

Since its beginnings in 1970, Jax has sourced all its produce from local suppliers, including fresh fish from Sustainable Seafoods in Peterhead, potatoes from William Fraser in Potterton, meat from McWilliam Aberdeen, King Foods and Aberdeenshire Larder,  and even the packaging is sourced locally.

“As a local business ourselves, that has always been at the forefront of our approach,” said Lynne. “There’s something wonderful about knowing the tatties were grown in soil just a few miles away and knowing the name of the boat that caught the fish on the East Coast that morning.”




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