One Stop opens its 250th franchise store | Features and analysis

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One Stop kicks off the new year by celebrating a key milestone with the opening of its Aylesbury store, marking 250 franchise stores for the group.

The new store in Fairford Lyes, Aylesbury is owned by Raj Paranthaban and has been welcomed by the local community, including the town’s mayor, Cllr Anders Christensen and chairman of Coldharbour Parish Council, Cllr Andrew Cole, who ‘cut the ribbon” to declare the 3,600 sq ft store officially open.

One Stop Franchise Manager, John Miller, commented: “Congratulations to Raj on his latest One Stop opening, which looks great and is a fresh, modern store; ideally placed for local residents.

“Raj is like many of our franchisees who now run multiple One Stop locations and that’s one of the main reasons we’ve seen such an acceleration in new openings. Our brand new point of sale and state-of-the-art technology means that multiple locations can be easily managed away from stores – from home if necessary – and are always part of our long-term investment plans.

“Over the past two years, we’ve also seen the growth of local stores and their importance to our communities during the pandemic.”

“We have worked hard to help our franchisee do this and provide what we believe is the best franchise package on the market. It helped us grow the way we did, with the right franchisees for our brand.

“Raj also owns a local fish and chips/seafood restaurant, ‘Salt & Vinegar’, as well as his first One Stop store which he opened last year. It will bring between 20 and 25 new jobs to the area, with the opening of the Fairford Leys site, and is also looking to introduce other services including a fresh butcher and deli counter.

The site was once a charity shop, but it’s hoped the new convenience store will breathe new life into the neighborhood.

Speaking on the new opening, Raj said: “I can see why there are so many One Stops now; my experience has been nothing short of brilliant. I was with another group of symbols before, so I can easily compare. The support you get from One Stop is fantastic, from the area manager to the new store team. They were all very helpful and spent a lot of time making sure everything was fine. I’m really happy with everything.

“Everything was finished to a very high standard and we have a very welcoming and open store. Due to the pandemic we wanted everything to be airy and safe so we really opened it up with a high ceiling and lots of space to move.

“My customers have already given us great feedback and have been pleasantly surprised at the price quality compared to other local stores. 99% of the customers we serve come to my fish and chip shop, so I knew they would support me. In turn, I want to do whatever I can for them. I know for example that there are no laundromats – they have all closed – so I will soon be setting up a drop-off service for troubleshoot.

“I have also started delivering to our most vulnerable customers who continue to protect themselves. They have my cell phone number and they call me if they need anything. I’ll drop it off for free and they can pay me the next time they’re in the store.

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