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New store offering more in South Ockenden

A retail unit that had laid dormant for more than six months has relaunched as a Nisa Local.

The store in South Ockenden, Essex had previously operated as a Best One but was taken over by independent retailer Henry Sudhir who extended the modest premises by around 200 sq.ft. to 935 sq.ft. enabling the addition of a dedicated food to go offer in store along with new and additional chillers for a full chilled range including BWS.

New store offering more in South Ockenden Front of store with fascia

The shop, which launched just before Christmas, now boasts a full convenience offer to shoppers who have been wowed by the refurbishment.

Sudhir said: "Previously the shop had not stocked any chilled range and no alcohol and that is something we have made the most of and which customers seem to really like."

"We’ve already changed the shop layout since we opened and moved the chilled to the front of the store. We found customers who used to shop here before we took over didn't realise there was a full new range available but now they see the chilled products as soon as they walk in."

New store offering more in South Ockenden Front of store with old Sun fascia

The refurbishment also included new flooring and ceilings along with modern new lighting throughout and the eye-catching new fascia outside along with full internal signage.

With sales growing steadily each week, the owners are monitoring closely and will keep tailoring the range to meet customer demand.

"Our customers have been really impressed with what we have done. The extension in particular takes them by surprise, and they can't believe the difference. It looks much better inside and out and there’s a lot more for shoppers than there used to be."

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