Celebrating 50 years of local and artisan.
Robert and Pamela Jephson started Ardkeen Stores as it was known then, in 1967, serving a largely rural community that was only beginning to become suburban. Much of the food sold was sourced locally or even from their own garden.
However, by the turn of the millennium Ardkeen found itself literally surrounded by international retail giants – a very difficult place for a small, independent food store doing things differently, focusing on small, local suppliers.
As the 2nd generation Colin & Kevin Jephson took over the reins in the era of internet shopping and high street giants rather than sit back and wait to be swept away, they undertook a major refurbishment and refocussed on their strengths of food provenance and great customer service
This year Ardkeen Quality Food Store celebrate 50 years; a Retail Excellence Store of the Year, the first retail store to win a “Special Commendation” from Euro-Toques, the winner of The Irish Times "Best Shop" and recommended by some of Ireland’s top chefs, all because they believe in putting Irelands food and the producers centre stage and treating makers with the respect their craft deserves. Today, the store stocks over 200 of Ireland’s small batch producers and are shipping all over the world via their online portal ardkeen.com