The Oggy Oggy pasty empire continues to grow despite the Covid pandemic with a new outlet about to open in Plymouth – but as a takeaway only.
Lesley and Malkolm Park, who already operate two Oggy Oggy franchise stores in the city, have signed a six year lease on a former vegetable shop at Plymstock Broadway.
Work has now begun to convert the unit into a pasty takeaway as that is the only form of trading allowed during the current coronavirus lockdown.
Mrs Park, who already operates the Oggy Oggy outlets in the city centre’s Armada Way and in Plympton, said the new venture will be designed as a takeout only, unlike the other more cafe-based models.
She said that although it could be converted in future, the likelihood is that takeaway only is the way businesses will have to operate for the foreseeable future.
“Takeaway is the only way forward,” Mrs Park said. “We could maybe offer some tables eventually, but not at the moment.
“So takeaway seems the way to go, and there is a large footfall in the area of Plymstock. We will also be able to carry out our frozen pasty deliveries, and maybe throw in milk, bread and eggs to help people in this difficult period.
“We open in three to four weeks,” she added. “We are starting the fit out with the floors and then the electrician comes in.”
Mrs Park’s Oggy Oggy outlets, part of a franchised chain of nearly 20 around the South West, have already “pivoted” to cope with Covid restrictions.
The new unit will join them in working with Deliveroo, Just Eats and Uber Eats, and supply phone orders and carry out deliveries of frozen pasties, sausage rolls and cakes to people at their homes.
Mrs Park has even spread the supply of frozen goods nationally by using postal deliveries across mainland UK. Among a multitude of online offers are the pasty selection box, the vegan box, cake box, and even cream tea box.
“We have been smart and went online, doing the frozen pasty deliveries,” Mrs Park said. “We even ring people up, especially the elderly, and ask if we can get them anything.”
Mrs Park already employs 16 people and will add another five staff at the Plymstock Broadway venture.
“Just drop your CVs in through the letterbox,” Mrs Parks said to aspiring pasty workers.
By William Telford
Source: Business Live