Pop up hop­ing to pop back to town

Votes can help the re­turn of ‘naan­wiches’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HUS­BAND and wife who launched their own healthy In­dian food busi­ness are plead­ing with the public to vote for them to win enough fund­ing to re­turn to Uxbridge.

Jag and Shushma Ku­mar opened Naked Naan as an in­de­pen­dent pop-up shop in High Street for 10 weeks, but closed it a month ago.

Now they have en­tered a Pitch to Rich com­pe­ti­tion, with up to £150,000 up for grabs if they re­ceive enough votes from sat­is­fied cus­tomers.

They hope to use the prize money to re­open their busi­ness in Uxbridge per­ma­nently, with ex­tra staff and an en­larged menu to at­tract evening trade, keep­ing the ven­ture vi­able.

Mrs Ku­mar, 51, said: “This is some­thing I’ve al­ways felt deep down that I wanted to do, so I’m des­per­ate for peo­ple to vote.

“We’re so grate­ful to all of our cus­tomers and we re­ally want to see them again, so please vote for us to stay in Uxbridge.”

The cou­ple, who live in Buck­ing­hamshire, have owned Pre­mier Nurs­eries, which has branches in St John’s Road, Uxbridge, and Iver, Buck­ing­hamshire, for two decades, but say the busi­ness now “runs it­self ”.

They first put their ‘naan­wiches’ – naan bread sand­wiches – to the test at the intu Taste Food Fes­ti­val,

Hus­band and wife Shushma and Jag Ku­mar pre­par­ing to open Naked Naan in Jan­uary. They are now hop­ing to re­turn af­ter closing last month where they ran a stall for two days in Au­gust last year.

Af­ter prov­ing a hit with cus­tomers – sell­ing out on both days – the High Street shop­ping cen­tre in­vited them to use one of its units tem­po­rar­ily from Jan­uary.

Mrs Ku­mar said: “We were blown away by the sup­port we got, so that re­in­forced the fact that we do want to go for­ward with this, but now it’s just about the fund­ing.”

To vote, visit www. vir­gin­medi­a­busi­ness.co.uk/ pitch-to-rich/start-up/naked­naan-/

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