An entrepreneur with a background in takeaway food businesses has opened a Nisa Local in Woodthorpe, on the outskirts of Nottingham, and become a father to triplets into the bargain.
Murat Mercoglu invested about £175,00 in the 700sq ft store which is in the centre of a well-populated residential area where there is little in the way of grocery provision.
“This has been a few years in the planning. I did a lot of research, looked at the location here and decided this was the shop for me,” said Murat.
“My wife wanted another baby. We had a son and she also wanted a daughter. So we agreed to go for a second. When we had the scan and there were three babies my wife cried for two days.
“It’s going to be pretty stressful but I’m really positive about the store. In the weeks before we opened we had lots of people coming up to see when we were starting to trade.”
Murat has made use of the bus route that runs past his store with an advertising banner posted on the side of the bus, ensuring everyone in the area knows he is open.
He had originally intended to open as an unaffiliated independent but he realised it would not be the right decision.
“I realised this store needed to be a symbol store and Nisa was exactly what I was looking for. Nisa is where I knew I’d get my best deal and so here we are today.”
Murat said he had ambitions to open more stores but no in the short term. Trading was currently quiet but he was positive in would improve.