In the aftermath of last week’s closure of Moortown Deli, two members of the Leeds community are to open a pop-up Pesach provisions shop in a hall at Etz Chaim Synagogue.
Marshall Frieze and Simon Williams, with some 50 years’ retail experience between them, have arranged refrigeration, freezers and shelving for groceries and drinks.
The duo said: “We are trying to make the hall look like a proper shop but also to make it easy for people to browse and buy for Pesach.”
“We thought this could be workable and if we could get somewhere to trade from and obtain financial backing then we were in business.
“We are fortunate to be working with a benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, who essentially said ‘do what you have to do and we will support you all the way’.”
Mr Williams said: “It’s all about giving a 7,000-strong Jewish community access to products.”
The pop-up shop, due to open on Sunday, will have approximately 250 Pesach products.
Aware of a high percentage of people in the community unable to travel to Manchester, Mr Frieze added: “They want to buy from a local Jewish business and that is what we are trying to achieve: a solution for people who aren’t mobile.”
Mr Frieze added: “We have done all we can. We now need action and people to come through the door and support us.”
Mr Williams said: “This is a strong example of what is not just good and great about Leeds, but it’s about what is good and great about people.”
The community has a kosher butcher shop.