From derelict butcher’s to modern Nisa store


A Nisa retailer, who snapped up a derelict butcher’s shop in the centre of a north Hull housing estate, has opened his brand new store.  

After moving to the UK in the mid-1980s, Sarinder Mehat worked in retail helping out in his uncle’s shop in South Wales.

Mehat knew the premises had great potential despite having to remove 25 skip loads of waste from the site.

“I’ve lived in Hull for 15 years and know every part of the city and this is a great location for a shop,” said Mehat. “There are very few convenience stores in this part of the city and being in the middle of a housing estate, we should be busy.”

One of the stand-out features of the store is that the counter space has been built into the centre of the shop, designed to allow staff a full view of the entire store.

The chillers are positioned around the perimeter of the store and a freezer section sits towards the rear of the store with fresh produce displayed in baskets close to the shop entrance.

Mehat said: “This is the first time I have situated a counter in the centre of a store so we will see how it works out. I’m trialling it to help tackle shop theft – the idea being that we can see every corner of the shop from the counter at all times.”

The store, situated on The Quadrant in Hull, opened last week following the impressive transformation taking just weeks to complete.

Sarinder has high hopes the renovated butchery ‘meats’ the demands of his local customers.