Mattu family go back to front with revamped store

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After being empty for more than a year, shop premises in Market Rasen are due to reopen by the end of the month.

The Mattu family have operated a small supermarket in Union Street for 20 years, but last year they closed it and then relocated their business around the back, facing the Union Street car park.

They rented the front of the shop to Robin’s Nest, a furniture shop, but that only lasted a month, leaving it semi-derelict and empty.

Attempts to find other takers, including promoting its party and conference potential, came to nothing despite some interest, Amar Mattu said.

Now, with Amur running the existing convenience store with dad Satnam and wife Harjinder, the family feel it is time to move their shop to the front.

“It used to be all one shop. But we are going to have the door on Union Street so the foot traffic will be better. It will be the first time that front door will have been open in 20 years. We are hoping it will make a difference,” Amar continued.

The back of the shop, which is currently in use, will be rented off.

Since Amar started work on getting the front of the building back in use, people have been asking him what’s going on.

“Some even thought Aldi was coming here,” he smiled.

Instead, the Mattu store will be there, larger in size than the current one at the back, also with a range of £1 lines.

Next year, it will become a part of the Premier Stores group, which has 3,000 outlets nationwide, including Wragby and Horncastle.

“They do a good range of low end prices which people look for nowadays,” Amar added.