Former owners give blessing to newly-reopened Havers Lane Convenience Store
Havers Lane Convenience Store got a vote of confidence from its long-serving former owners when the shop was relaunched.
Nat and Lata Nathwani cut a ribbon to mark months of refurbishment by new owner Andrea Aston, an experienced retailer who took over in December.
Andrea has revamped the interior and exterior of the former Premier and Nisa outlet after earlier reopening the post office counter, which had been forced to close in January as a result of the New Year changeover.
As customers enjoyed free hot drinks, sweets and doughnuts, she told the Nathwanis and guests including district and town councillor George Cutting: "I would just like to say we are so, so grateful to have all your support. We worked really hard to bring the shop back for you and give you a real community store."
Andrea said she was honoured to follow in the footsteps of Nat and Lata: "For over 30 years Nat gave you a store and a post office and we have brought that back for you."
As part of its community ethos, the outlet is playing the town's new radio station, Stortford One, for customers.
After the launch, Andrea said: "The shop is picking up and more people are getting to know we are open, but there's still a long way to go as the shop was closed and run down for so long."
Open seven days a week, its current trading hours are 5am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 6am to 10pm on Sundays.
While Andrea, who previously ran a mini supermarket in Colchester, recruits a new member of staff, the post office which she reopened in April is operating 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays.