Almost 282 years, 67, 5 years to be precise, fish trade Plugge is located on the Apeldoornselaan. But now the case is going to stop. Owners Yvonne and Arie Plugge have sold the business.
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Saturday 30 July is the last day that Arie and his wife Yvonne sell herring, mackerel and other goodies behind the counter . “It’s been great, we’re going to stop”, Yvonne says.
Arie and Yvonne have spent the past 16 together run the popular fish stall on Apeldonselaan for years. Arie is now 67 and tired tells Yvonne. “He goes to the fish auction every morning and gets up at five thirty in the morning and then we work together in the business and do the administration at home. We work about 67 hours a week.”
“The Grandpa van Arie (who was also called Arie) started the fish trade more than 67 years ago. Back then it was still a wooden fishing cart. Then Arie’s father took over, then Arie and then I joined.”
The two are already 62 married years and their first date was on the beach at a Golden Earring concert. “I worked in the bakery down the road,” says Yvonne. “But after our first date we were married within six months and we were selling fish together.”
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Over the years, the stall has changed a lot and the two attended big parties and delivered their fish to companies. “We also went very well during corona,” says Arie. “We are still good, but when that changes we will have a problem. Now is the perfect time for us to close the business.”
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While showing off what local residents have brought in from tickets, flowers, bottles of wine, and even a chocolate cake, the two are clearly emotional . “It’s such a nice neighborhood. Really heartwarming that people who have been getting their fish here for generations are going to miss us and bring a card or flower.”
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One of the regular customers, Cinderella, says: “My grandpa and grandma used to come here. Their mackerel and the fried mussels are our favorite . I don’t know where I’m going to get my fish yet, but certainly not at the stall further down the road.” Yvonne says: “A very good fishmonger will come and take over our stall. He has been with us for a few days and has partly the same range as we do. So be sure to try it out.”