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Northfields pub premises in Stamford to become a Nisa convenience store

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An empty pub is being transformed into a convenience store with the community at its heart.

Businessman Siva Thievanayagam already owns a string of seven Nisa stores in Peterborough, but the latest venture is particularly close to his heart.

He describes opening a branch in his home town as "a dream come true" and hopes it will become a key part of the community.

Siva Thievanayagam
Siva Thievanayagam

Siva said: “We’ve worked really hard on the plans for this store. I really want people to walk in and get a good first impression with a real wow factor.

“I want the store to have a modern feel but one that is different and unique and for it to be a place where shoppers enjoy their experience.

"It has always been my dream to open in Stamford."

The building has been empty for years
The building has been empty for years

The premises in Drift Road have been empty for more than five years.

Extensive refurbishment is under way ahead of a planned opening date of October 23.

The shop will include fresh produce, a deli counter, hot and cold food-to-go and a wide selection of groceries.

Siva is confident it will be a place people can do a weekly shop, benefitting from a large car park,

It will create up to 30 full and part-time jobs.

Inside the 3,000sq ft premises
Inside the 3,000sq ft premises

Siva added: “The shop has a great location in the middle of a large residential area and so close to the college.

"We plan to become an important part of the community, employing local people, serving the local area and supporting them with local causes."

The planned opening hours are 6am until 11pm every day.

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