Thanet Star became aware of the re-opening of Margate's green grocer and our People's Interest contributor, Illisia Adams, visited for a look at the shop, and an Interview with the proprietor.
Number 107 on Margate High Street has opened its doors to customers again! It re-opened one month ago today, on June 04th.
Khamis Ali, an Egyptian-born gentleman who moved to the UK back in 2001 is the shop proprietor. When I was intrigued about his foreign routes, given the rising concern in how many immigrants that there are in our area, he proudly told me that he moved to our country to find work here and that he has never lived off of Benefits. He has
“always wanted to be [his] own boss”.
Khamis speaks several languages; his home-tongue Egyptian, English (very well!) and Polish, which his wife taught him. He is a very hard worker who actually owns another green grocer in Chatham and travels fourty miles to get here every day from his home and he has as little as seven hours sleep in a week.
Why the expansion to Margate, then? Why not! Khamis has had his eye on the store here since before it closed down two years ago. He has huge confidence in its potential, signing a lease to rent the shop for five years.
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