£120,000 loan from Finance Wales helps Wright’s Food Emporium find a new home and more than double turnover
A £120,000 loan from Finance Wales has helped transform the
historic Golden Grove Arms in Llanarthne into the new home of
Wright’s Food Emporium.
Simon Wright and his wife Maryann, who were previously partners
in the award-winning Y Polyn, first opened the delicatessen diner
with their son Joel in 2012 in Nantgaredig.
They moved to larger premises in Llanarthne in February 2014 and
business is now brisker than ever, with turnover more than doubling
in the 12 months since the move.
“Our aim has been to offer quality food in a relaxed fun
setting. The fact that we are an eating place, delicatessen, wine
and beer store shop all in one, hopefully makes the journey
worthwhile. There’s been tremendous support both locally in
West Wales and from much further afield.
“Our offer is based on quality - we work with local suppliers, such
as charcutier Illtyd Dunsford. We source our beef and lamb
from Hazelwell Farm in Whitland, while our beers are from Seren in
Pembrokeshire and the Handmade beer company just down the road in
Capel Dew. We also look for exciting and unusual produce from
around Europe and Italy in Spain in particular,” Simon Wright
Prominently located on the main road between Carmarthen and
Llandeilo, the new premises also offers the potential for future
“Our new home in Llanarthne is larger and gives us the
flexibility we need to develop our business in future. We’re
already welcoming more diners because we can now open in the
evening. We’re also able to offer a broader range of food,
beer and wine in the shop. The loan from Finance Wales was a key
part of the funding package we needed to make our expansion plans a
reality,” he continued.
Senior Investment Executive Alun Thomas, who is part of Finance
Wales’ local team in West Wales, worked with the Wrights and their
bank to come up with the funding package. He said: “Simon, Maryann
and Joel have shown real flair in creating something quite unique.
Wright’s Food Emporium has quickly earned an enviable reputation
and become a firm favourite locally. It’s a unique mix
targeting several lucrative markets, including the market for local
produce. They’ve also come up with some appealing ideas such
as their freshly made ‘pie of the day’ and offering refillable wine
“The Wrights have used a combination of their own finance, a
commercial mortgage and a loan from Finance Wales, to make their
plans a reality. They’ve created a robust and sustainable
business which showcases the best West Wales’ food suppliers can
offer and also has considerable future potential.”
Wrights recently won bronze medal in the ‘Best Place to Eat
(Café)’ category at the National Tourism Awards for Wales 2015,
organised by Visit Wales.
Refurbishment of the Golden Grove’s six bedrooms is also planned
in the medium term.
Finance Wales’ investment in Wright’s Food Emporium came from
the £40 million Wales SME Investment Fund.