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New Convenience Store Opens on Arch St.


When you drive by Krispy Krunchy Chicken on Arch St., no longer will the fried poultry be the only store you’ll see on that corner. Two brothers, Tarek and Masoud Almontaser, who own the popular chicken restaurant, this week opened T&M Food Mart which is in the same building.

“When we took the building we wanted to do the restaurant here and then we wanted to do something in this part of it,” said Masoud. “We decided to go with a convenience store.”

The convenience store offers many of the things most people stop to purchase like cigarettes, soda, snacks, 99 cent coffee, cold beverages, car supplies and more.

Abdul Jabbar “Ron”, who works at the store said, “we have basically all your needs.”

So far business has been pretty good since the sign has been up and people asked about it, according to Masoud.

“Hopefully today a lot of people come,” Masoud added Tuesday. “Cigarettes are at the state minimum price.”

All varieties are available as well as hookah and vapor products.

One highlight is the Green Mountain Coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate machines. Slushies will also be coming in soon. There is even a sugar machine with various sweetener options. Hostess and daisy snacks are also available.

Soon propane tanks can also be purchased or exchanged at the store.

The convenience store will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight 7 days a week.

The space is about 800 square feet.

“We have the best prices in town,” said Masoud. “Two for threes. Three for fours.”

Arch Street known as “Barrio Latino” has been growing in the past few years with help from the New Britain Latino Coalition.

A new Dollar Store, an upgraded Borinquen Bakery, a new patio for Criollisimo, Krispy Krunchy Chicken and now the food mart are among the places improving the neighborhood.

“This is the corner of Arch Street and Shuttle Meadow. It makes a big difference to the neighborhood,” Masoud concluded. “This was a three bay garage before. We cleaned and repainted it inside and outside.”

The convenience store is located at 687 Arch St.

Jabbar had one final word for residents, “We have great service. Stop by and get your convenience products here.”