Stan Taylor was hired by Alma Sedgewick to carry out alterations to Jim's Cafe flat in April 1989. To keep up her lavish lifestyle, Alma had sold her house and was planning to move into the flat and work at Jim's Cafe, saving herself a wage by sacking Phyllis Pearce.

Due to the limited flat access, Stan had to carry materials through the cafe, indulging in friendly banter with staff Gail Tilsley and Christine Carter as he did so. However, he disliked it when his subordinate John Savage did the same; after catching him chatting up Christine, Stan berated him and told him to get out to the van.