Norwich convenience store reopens under new ownership

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08:00 a.m. May 1, 2022



A license off that was cordoned off by police for months after a burglary has reopened under new owners.

The Hellesdon Convenience Store is back in business on Lodore Avenue – just off Cromer Road – under the management of Lithuanian businesswoman Rasa Varanauskiene.

She already has three stores in Norwich, one in Attleborough and a cafe, and wanted to add Hellesdon to her list of businesses.

The store has been given a new lease of life with lavish new signage above the door.

Staff member Vitalija Janciziviene said: “The owner wanted to try something different and liked the location of the shop.

“It’s next to a main road and we have a lot of workers stopping in for a drink. The kids also head straight for the sweet section when they come home from school.


Staff member Vitalija Janciziviene outside the newly opened convenience store just off Cromer Road
– Credit: Ben Hardy

“We welcome all ages. A 99 year old lady came by the other day for her diary. She was telling me she was expecting her birthday card from the Queen.

“It almost feels like a community center. Some people come here to talk to someone if they feel lonely at home.”

Staff at the revamped store are confident there will be no repeat of the early morning break-in that took place in November last year.

A thief broke into the premises and stole around £300 worth of goods at the time.

Neighbors wondered what would become of the site as it remained vacant months later with a police cordon still visible.


The police tape can still be seen at the convenience store just off Cromer Road in Norwich

The store has been closed for months with a police cordon
– Credit: Ben Hardy

But the store is now equipped with an improved security alarm system and cameras.

There have also been some internal changes under the new owner with a wall knocked down at the front of the store to free up more space for the Hermès parcel collection point.


Inside the newly reopened Hellesdon convenience store

Inside the newly reopened Hellesdon convenience store
– Credit: Ben Hardy

Ms Janciziviene said: “A lot of people come to pick up packages and find it easy to come here.

“We also increased the amount of stock. We decided to stock Lithuanian crisps which we weren’t sure if people would like, but they were popular.”


Lithuanian crisps are stored in the store

Lithuanian crisps are stored in the store
– Credit: Ben Hardy

Hellesdon Convenience Store is open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.

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