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New store for high street

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

NEW STORE: Olli Tooley and manager Joshy Johny.

NEW STORE: Olli Tooley and manager Joshy Johny.

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ILFRACOMBE continues to buck the retail trend as its high street welcomed yet another independent food store. A Premier convenience store, with all brand new fittings and refrigerated displays, brought the vacant former Jobcentre building back into use.

The store is managed by Joshy Johny, who has previous retail experience in the town. He had the idea to open up a food store that offered value goods and attractive deals as well as top brands. In addition to his own position, the shop has created four new retail jobs for local people.

Joshy has been overwhelmed by the support shown by the community and was surprised to see a queue at the door before he opened up on the first day.

"People are really happy," said Joshy. "They need this type of shop in the high street, especially elderly people. Everything is handy for them."

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