I stumbled into a vegan-friendly grocery store in Manchester a few weeks ago and it was all so surreal and unexpected. I’m a bit lost for words.
I’ll try my best.
The Win Naturally store is the brainchild of Julie Neville, the wife of former Manchester United player and BC commentator Phil Neville. Julie and Phil own the enterprise which recently moved to these new premises in August this year. The staff in the shop explained all of this to me as I have no idea who Phil Neville is or about football in general. Sorry Phil. I’m sure you were much more accomplished as a football player than I am as a football spectator. I’ve only been to one match and that was at the West Ham grounds on a freezing day. Not surprisingly, I haven’t been tempted back.
At first glance, Win Naturally looks like an overblown Holland & Barrett. Think lots of supplements and vitamins. But wander around the large interior and you will find a huge range of vegan products including many well-known brands. I would comfortably guess that more than 75% of products are vegan. I spied VBites frozen pizzas, vegan gnocchi, Moo Free chocolates, CoYo, vegan vitamins, bread, crackers, tinned foods and so much more.
I was frankly surprised at the number of plant-based products on the shelves and in the fridges. I am definitely making the store a pit stop during all my Manchester trips.
The store is located inside the Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre. You can visit them online for more info and Internet-based shopping.
Have you been inside this store? What did you think? Do you have anything like this in a shopping mall or arcade near you?