Traditional fishmongers joins parade of independent shops

Almost 15 years after her parents shut up shop, a Camberley woman has launched her own fishmongers.

Sue Lucas, 49, has opened The Fish Shop in Frimley Road, Camberley, with husband Duncan, 50.

Joining a handful of independent businesses in the shopping parade, the new shop stocks fresh, seasonal British produce, as well as high quality imported species.

Trading since last Thursday (December 4), the couple hosted a grand opening on Saturday which saw Sue's dad Robert MacKenzie officially cut the fish net.

Sue said: “It’s been a huge leap for us, we only really started to take the idea seriously in April.

“We’re incredibly passionate about fish, the quality, the freshness and the people behind the product.

"We are also delighted to be opening in Frimley Road alongside brilliant businesses like Hatto & Sons butchers.

“The nearest like business us in Guildford, so we are providing something unique in Camberley and I really hope people will support us.”

Mrs Lucas’s parents, Robert and Izzy, opened MacKenzie Fish & Game in Park Street in 1979 and it was there that she developed her passion for working in the fish industry.

When the MacKenzies sold up in 2000, Mrs Lucas was kept on board as a product developer creating value-added seafood products for major retailers.

During the past four years, she has worked for Sainsbury’s as their seafood product developer – a "dream job" – but Mrs Lucas said the lure of returning to her roots to run her own fishmongers like her mum and dad had become too much.

Her husband Duncan has shared a strikingly similar career path after his parents opened a trout farm in 1978 before he went on to work in fish shops in the Midlands.

Mr Lucas, who has achieved millions of hits on YouTube for his fish preparation videos and holds a Guinness World Record for filleting halibut, will continue in his current role as seafood specialist for New England Seafoods.

Fish, shellfish and seafood are available at The Fish Shop, Frimley Road, Camberley, which is open Tuesday-Friday from 7.30am-5.30pm and Saturday from 7.30am-4pm.

Source: GetSurrey

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