A CONVENIENCE store has announced expansion plans with the help of funding from Barclays.
Uppal and Sons which trades from Warren Road, Hartlepool, started trading 33 years ago. The firm has announced it has bought the building next to its current site, which will treble the size of the retail operations.
Bosses say it will enable them to add new lines and increase existing stock levels.
Tej Uppal, managing owner of Uppal and Sons said: “Launching the new expanded operation is a very proud day for the family and we’re delighted that we can continue with our growth plans to serve the Hartlepool community.”
Uppal and Sons employ three staff locally and are looking to double turnover over the next two years. New lines will include lottery and newspapers. Two more staff will likely be recruited once the larger operation is running.
Ian Kirk, Business Banking Manager at Barclays, put together the funding package for the deal and said: “It’s great to see a business investing for the future, taking advantage of low interest rates and contributing to the local economy.
“Tej operates a forward- thinking family business and as a long-standing business, we were delighted to be able to support his growth plans.”