As the old saying goes, from small, undersized, undernourished carrots grow, eh, dirty great big 24 carrot gold global brands.
It’s a saying that obviously hit home with the good folk handling the purse at Ireland’s Employment Investment Incentive Scheme (EIIS), who have just granted the Happy Pear €1.5m funding so they can expand their vegetarian shop and café empire in Dublin and beyond.
And, hey, these guys plainly need the money. With an annual turnover of just €4m and over 100 staff on their books, the Flynn twins clearly haven’t a clue about running a successful business.
It was early last year that the boys opened Pearville HQ over in sunny Kilcoole, the 14,000 square foot space on two acres housing a fermentation kitchen, coffee roastery, two acres of vegetable-growing land, and that all-important TV studio. Having expanded from their original café and shop on Greystones’ main street to a second branch in the town’s Shoreline leisure centre, the Pear brand also includes food manufacturing and distribution (for the likes of granola, snack bars, smoothies, pesto and hummus) to the SuperValu and Centra chains, a sprout farm and two best-selling cookbooks.
The twins hope to have their long-gestating TV project ready to roll later this year.
A spokesperson for the Pear‘s holding company, Flynn And Flynn Global Trade, stated, “This funding is a really exciting development in our ongoing business story. We’re delighted to now have an opportunity to bring The Happy Pear to new locations where we hope it’ll have a really positive impact on the local community and provide exciting new employment opportunities.
“We hope to establish new Happy Pear locations in the Dublin area in 2017, with plans for further expansion over the coming years.”
Catch our April 2016 visit to Pearville HQ right here. And below, going way, way back, to December 20th, 2007, and the boys are just getting started…