John Marston had bought the shop at 940 Leeds Road he was going to open a butchers shop. The shop had previously been a butchers and an ice cream parlour. When the shop was bought there were allotments down the side.
John Marston had been a farmer all his life starting as a dairy farmer with a milk herd, he had been a milkman in the Birkby area, then moving on to rearing cattle (for beef). The farm also produced eggs.
Someone said why don’t you open a chicken shop as a joke. That planted the seed. Hazel his oldest daughter, saw an advertisement for some frying equipment and they went to see a shop that someone had already set up. That was it!