New store opens in re­fur­bished shop

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

TWO years after pur­chas­ing the old Co-op­er­a­tive build­ing in the town of Earl Shilton, the Dhami fam­ily has fi­nally opened the store of their dreams.

The new Nisa Lo­cal store has been de­vel­oped within the im­pres­sive 19th cen­tury build­ing with the own­ers main­tain­ing many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures to re­tain the au­then­tic­ity of the premises.

Sukhi Dhami, who runs the newly re­fur­bished store along­side his brother Arun and their par­ents Av­tar and Har­min­der, said the fam­ily had cov­eted the build­ing for sev­eral years but had to per­suade the owner to sell it to them en­abling them to re­alise their dream.

“Our fam­ily has lived in Earl Shilton for about 16 years and so we knew the build­ing. It was quite run down and be­ing used to store car­pets and we knew we could make it into some­thing spe­cial,” said Sukhi.

The build­ing has been gut­ted and the orig­i­nal in­te­rior brick­work sand­blasted back to bare brick and left ex­posed.

His­toric pho­to­graphs of the vil­lage have been erected in the en­trance of the store, com­bined with modern fea­tures in­clud­ing a sus­pended ceil­ing, wood ef­fect floor­ing and a va­ri­ety of bold light­ing to cre­ate a be­spoke fin­ish.

By adding a barista cof­fee shop and hot food to go on of­fer at the rear of the store, along with a beers, wines and spir­its sec­tion, the fam­ily hope to have cre­ated some­thing that stands out from the crowd.

“I did not want a store that ev­ery­one else has got,” ex­plained Sukhi. “This is a re­ally spe­cial build­ing and it was im­por­tant that we got it right for the town and of­fer them some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

De­spite the fact there is a large Co-op­er­a­tive store just along the road from Sukhi’s, he says this did not de­ter the fam­i­lies in­vest­ment in the build­ing as he be­lieves that his new Nisa Lo­cal will com­pli­ment it.

“Hav­ing the Co-op down the road didn’t put us off one bit.

“They have a great range and we are stock­ing lots of Co-op lines, but we of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“We are a fam­ily owned busi­ness, we live within the com­mu­nity and that’s our point of dif­fer­ence that we hope will bring peo­ple in.”

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