Couple create new ‘weigh’ to help customers save pounds

Middleton Grange Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft with stallholders William and Cheryl Atherton.
Middleton Grange Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft with stallholders William and Cheryl Atherton.

A couple have come up with a new ‘weigh’ that could help customers save their pounds.

Hartlepool couple Cheryl and William Atherton opened their first business - The Food Weighouse - selling cupboard staples from Middleton Grange’s Market Hall.

Stallholder William Atherton.

Stallholder William Atherton.

Cheryl, 46, who has been married to William, 49, for nine years, said: “For a long time William was a carer for his mum and I was looking after my daughter who is autistic and therefore neither of us had jobs.

“A couple of years ago I got sick. It took two years for me to recover and, during this time, I started thinking that I wanted to change our lives and wanted us to start a business.

“We got the idea to sell cupboard staples by weight as there really isn’t anything like this available here in Hartlepool. For people on a budget and those living alone it’s ideal as they can buy just what they need – there’s no waste. As well as things like sugar and flour we sell different cake mixes and also dried fruits.

“We use gloves to serve all of the ingredients to shoppers to ensure there’s no cross contamination, all of the products are in air and water tight barrels and we pride ourselves on having a great range of essentials.

“William works on the business full time now and I work part-time in-between caring for my daughter.”

Mark Rycraft, centre manager, added: “We’re really thrilled that Cheryl and William have chosen the centre to launch what we hope will be a fantastic new business for them.

“We will be offering them support as they settle into the centre and we look forward to seeing their hard work pay off and their business grow.

“Customers have already embraced the new business and have commented about how great it is to get what they need without having to pay for packaging.”