Agriculture and Food

Stroud is turning Japanese, I think it’s turning Japanese - or is it?

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 10 July 2020 7:00

Stroud is turning Japanese, I think it’s turning Japanese - or is it?

Japanese soul food trader Tomari-Gi has opened in Stroud’s new indoor market. 

Five Valley’s owner, Dransfield, hopes the new addition – actually not from Land of the Rising Sun at all, but from the West Country (although its registered address if Covent Garden) – will prove a hit. 

According to the property owner, which has transformed the former Merrywalks Shopping Centre with the help of investment from GFirst LEP, Tomari-Gi “has built up a great reputation”. 

Customer can’t get enough of its “delicious ramen, fried chick-en, gyoza, kimchi and katsu curry and now customers can click and collect their delicious food from the new location in the market”. 

The exotic addition to the fast-growing food hall is already open – offering a click and collect and take away beer service and plans to offer a full counter service when construction work in their part of the market is completed. 

They join Marrows Fruit and Veg which opened on Thursday July 2nd. 

“A host of other traders will be joining the line up in a phased launch over the coming weeks – including Callaghin’s Kitchen, Piem-inister and Xocolatl,” said a statement from Dransfield. 

Calum Spencer from Tomari-Gi said: “We have had such a great response to our new venture at Five Valleys and really lovely feedback about the unit - It’s great to be a part of the new indoor market with our authentic Japanese soul food. 

“We’re launching with a click and collect takeaway service for now but in the next two weeks we will be able to offer a full counter service for customers.” 

Centre manager at Five Valleys, Dionne Moore, said: “The Tomari-Gi stall looks fantastic and their food is amazing, a lovely addition to our traders here at the market.  

“We’re looking forward to welcome more traders, and new customers throughout the next few weeks.”

First published July 9