Jenny Munro talks to
JACKIE Farr, 47, who owns Snac-A-Jac hot food
and sandwich bar
Farr, 47, owns Snac-A-Jac hot food and sandwich bar, located
at Knockmore Business Park on the Moira Road.
The Lisburn woman, who is married to
Andy and has a 10-year-old daughter called Jessica, included
in picture above, grew up in a catering environment as her
father ran a bakery in Castle Street for many years. She
studied catering at the College of Business Studies but
ended up working in sales for 22 years.
Jackie knew her heart belonged in the
catering industry and wanted to get back into it before she
got any older. When the opportunity arose to open up her own
business over four years ago, she seized the chance and
hasn't looked back since.
Most mornings I get up between 6 and
6.30am depending on what I have to do that particular day
If I have a catering event I could be up as
early as 5am so I can get to work and start preparing food
platters. My husband takes Jessica to her granny's and then
I'll pop back at 8.30am to take her to school. As well as
serving hot food and sandwiches I also cater for buffets.
Providing food after funerals is becoming
a big part of my job. I not only prepare and serve the food
but I also take care of the mess after and make sure the
venue is tidied after the food has been eaten. I take orders
from factories and nearby offices for sandwich platters too.
Fry platters are highly sought after for breakfast meetings.
When I arrive at work I make scones and
sausage rolls and prepare the main courses. There's normally
four or five main courses on the menu for lunch. While I am
doing this one of the other girls comes in and sets up the
salad bar. I also prepare the bacon and sausages for the
If it quietens down I try to eat
something myself. Customers can sit in or takeaway so
there's generally a constant flow of people.
As well as serving the customers I might
be preparing party boxes for children's birthdays at home or
at leisure centres or out delivering food to factories in
the nearby area.
After a busy lunch I start to order in
food for the next day. I use fresh foods and I find people
do appreciate this and will come back as the quality is
The shop closes at 4pm and then I spend a
good two hours cleaning up and sorting the place out for the
next day. I pop out at 2.30pm to go and collect Jessica from
school and she sometimes comes back to the shop with me.
When the shop is clean and tidy I head
home and make sure Jessica does her
homework and make her dinner. My husband
will then come home and spend time with her while I wash all
the tea towels and cloths from the shop and make a start on
In between all of that I help Jessica get
ready for bed. When she is settled I'll do some invoicing
and check statements and prices, which is very important in
my line of work. I record my takings and then, hopefully, by
that stage I get a chance to go and have some dinner with my
husband and maybe take a shower before watching TV. Some
nights I am in bed by 9.30pm because I am exhausted. My
spare time is spent with my family and friends. I enjoy
going out for meals and watching films at the cinema.
It is hard going running a business but I enjoy it and
you just have to keep at it. I really love what I do.