Convenience store operator brings forward plans for second store due to Covid-19

A convenience store retailer has brought forward plans to open a new store in order to provide more support to the local community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Doncaster retailer Kopi Kalanthan opened his new 2,600 sq ft Costcutter convenience store on Tadcaster Road on April 9. Kalanthan also owns a Costcutter store at Station Road Retail Park in Kirk Sandal.

The new store offers a wide range of everyday items including store cupboard staples, fresh and frozen goods and beers, wines and spirits. It will also have a slush station, vape store, Payzone and self-service checkouts.

To support shoppers during Covid-19 he has also introduced handwashing stations outside both of his stores and he has a one-way system inside stores to help shoppers with social distancing measures.

Kalanthan and his team is also offering free delivery for the vulnerable and NHS workers, and he is offering nurses, ambulance staff and police officers free coffee, breakfast and lunch.

He said: “Now more than ever, I want to support our local community to ensure they have everything they need at this challenging time. This is why we have introduced services such as home delivery and brought forward the opening of our new Tadcaster Road store. There are some finishing touches we will complete after this crisis, such as installing the new fascia, but I’m proud the shop fitting team worked quickly and safely to help us open, so that shoppers have local access to the essential items they need.

“The measures we have introduced across stores are designed to help keep our staff and shoppers safe, as well as supporting those that aren’t able to visit in person or are busy delivering critical services for our community.”

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