A DESIRE to work with the community is the reason behind a shopkeeper s decision to take over a convenience store in Royston. The Burns Road store, which has been out of use for more than a year, has been taken over by Ahmad Momand, and under its new Cos
A DESIRE to work with the community is the reason behind a shopkeeper's decision to take over a convenience store in Royston.
The Burns Road store, which has been out of use for more than a year, has been taken over by Ahmad Momand, and under its new Costcutter name, opened last Friday.
Mr Momand said: "It's good to get the store up and running again. It was a shame to see it closed for so long. The first week of opening has been fantastic and it's going really well."
One of the main reasons the shop closed was anti-social behaviour in the area.
Mr Momand, who is also the owner of Market One in Melbourn Street, said that making the decision was not an easy one because of its history.
But he added: "Residents were asking me to take over - they wanted me in there. They have said they will help, and I'm looking forward to the challenge.
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"The Royston community is important to me and I think we can all work together. It is clear that the residents need a shop, and hopefully we can make it a success."
Working alongside community groups and the police, Mr Momand is convinced he has the credentials to revive the store.
He said: "I have a lot of experience, and I own a number of shops, including some in London.
"I also have a good team of staff in place, who are also committed to helping out. Everyone is working together.