Second try for sushi restaurant owner

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 08:18 17/01/2013
Kim's Minimart
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NEW VENTURE: Kim's Minimart staff member Amit James, left, and JB Construction owner John Best prepare for the opening of the new convenience store in Kelvin St, Invercargill.

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Kim's Sushi owner Kim Warren knows all about the lows of operating a business in financially difficult times but she has not let that deter her from taking further business risks.

Ms Warren will open Kim's Minimart in the adjoining unit of her Kelvin St restaurant, where a previous attempt to expand failed.

Kim's Sushi has been open for about 10 years. About three years ago, the unit had been part of an expansion of the restaurant, which was unsuccessful.

Ms Warren then rented the unit to an Asian supermarket business, which had recently vacated the premises.

She believed the owner had been stressed with the economic climate and gave up.

"I will never give up. I have been here too long. I will try again," she said.

When she first opened her restaurant people did not know what sushi was, but now it had become very popular.

However, people still wanted more options, so the new convenience store would sell a variety of hot European and Asian dishes along with groceries and confectionery.

The store would mean more work but she was willing to put in the effort, she said.

"I know it will take time for the business to get up and running but I am willing to put in the hard work".

Kim's Minimart will open from Monday to Saturday but not on Sunday, when Invercargill was quiet, she said.

The store will open on January 28.

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- The Southland Times

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