Welwyn Garden City Kiosk opens for business again
PUBLISHED: 19:31 19 August 2012
TRAIN passengers and shoppers in WGC have got their old newsagents back, thanks to a family from WGC.
The Kiosk, in the Howard Centre, is back in business.
The store, close to the entrance for WGC rail station, has been taken over by Satish Pathak and his family – wife Varsha and sons Pratik, 18, and Jay, 14.
Satish ran a newsagents for four years in Nottingham before the family moved to WGC 14 years ago, and has been keen to get back into the business ever since.
He spotted his chance when he saw The Kiosk closing down in April.
“I was in town the day it closed and I saw it being emptied,” said Satish.
“I rang the agents up and asked what was happening.
“They said it was being repossessed so I told them I was interested.
“The agents were very helpful and we managed to close a deal.”
Early business has been slow but steady, but Satish is confident the old Kiosk customers will soon return for their drinks, snacks and, of course, their copies of the WHT.
“It’s going OK and I’m expecting it to get slightly busier as people realise we’re open again,” said Satish.
“This is their local store, and I want them to come here and treat it like that.
“WGC is a small community and I want this store to be part of that community.
“I’ve seen some shops that don’t take the time to speak to their customers.
“But we’ll always have the time to speak to our customers and engage with them.”
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