New al-Mansour grocery store has opened in the northern suburbs of Melbourne’s CBD, replacing a smaller Thai supermarket that closed earlier this year.
Al-Mantasour has been operating a food and beverage outlet in the suburb since 2012.
The store, located on the corner of Brunswick Street and Albert Street, is just off the city’s inner south side, in the heart of Melbourne suburb.
Owner Rajan Manna said it was an easy decision to reopen.
“We felt that we had to have a grocery store in the inner suburbs of the city, that it’s important for us to be able to sell locally,” he said.
He said it took about two years to get the store up and running, after a three-year wait.
Mr Manna had hoped to open the new store by the end of this year, but said there were a number of challenges that required extra time.
“It’s been quite a long process to get here, so it’s going to take a while,” he told news.com.au.
There was also a requirement to find a new tenant to replace the one that closed in April, which led to the closure of the new location.
“We’ve been working with a number people, including people who have been working in the area for years and we’ve had some really good conversations, but unfortunately, there was not a suitable tenant available,” he explained.
Manna said the business was about to open up its doors to new customers, and it was hoped to have some new merchandise arriving to the store over the next few months.
A new Thai supermarket will open in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.
(Supplied: Al-Mantsour)He said the store was looking forward to welcoming new customers into the community.
“This is a great opportunity for us and we’re looking forward of a lot of positive things,” he added.
Brentford’s Brunswick Street is one of the busiest streets in Melbourne and is home to many businesses, including Al-Masri’s Thai supermarket.
The supermarket closed in March this year after nearly 30 years in business.
It had been owned by Thai owner Ramon Ramon, who had been open in Brunswick since 1996.
Since the closure, the store has been under the management of Mr Ramon’s sister, who is also a manager of the store.
However, it is now being managed by new owner Rajan Ramon.