Leonard's Fruit Market Story
Delivering fresh fruit and vegetables for 129 years.
Founded and built in 1892, the Dublin fruit and vegetable market is one the British isles last trading Victorian fruit markets. On the 6th of December 1892, the market was officially opened for business by Dublin corporation. The market was built to afford the traders of the area, a permanent structure in which to trade fresh produce and fish. Since Viking times the area around the current market, which is situated on St. Michan’s Street, just behind the four courts Dublin and adjacent to Capel Street was always an area where traders sold their fresh produce.
One of the first traders of the area to take up a stand in the new market building on the 6th of December 1892, was Kate Leonard. Kate had sold fruit and fish from her pitch in the area since pre the market opening. As a result she was one of the first traders afforded a stand in the market.
After Kate's retirement in the early 1900's, her son Jack took over the business and named the company LEONARD & SONS.
Jack also opened a retail green grocers on North Kings street at number 175 North Kings street. Just opposite his house in Linnen Hall Parade.
Jack rang the two outlets with the help of his two eldest sons.
In 1947 he was joined by his youngest and third son Jackie, who the business is now named after.
Jackie took over from his Dad Jack and renamed the company Jackie Leonard & Sons in 1983.
Jackie Leonard & Sons Limited is a family run business, serving and supplying fresh fruit, produce, potatoes and prepared vegetables to a wide customer base all over the greater Dublin and Leinster region.
We supply fresh produce to the following sectors
- Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes
- Nursing Homes and Hospitals
- Catering companies
- Independent Green grocers and Supermarkets
- Schools and Colleges
- Office and Office from home.
If you would like to know more about our ability to serve you, please contact us on 01-8727499.