A TASTE of Poland has come to Hartlepool after a couple set up shop selling delights from their native land.
Piotr and Magdelena Kubrak have opened The Polish Food Store, in Murray Street, to serve the ever-growing population of Poles who have made the town their home.
The shop is open to the whole community, as well as Polish people, and Piotr, 31, said the business has had particular interest from Slovakian customers.
It sells a range of groceries imported from Poland, from drinks, soup, crisps and vegetables to Polish sausage and bread.
Piotr, who lives with Magdelena and their three children, Mariusz, 11, Klaudia, nine, and two-year-old Patryk in Firby Close, on the Central Estate, said the first week of trade had been good.
The couple first came up with the idea of opening the shop two months ago, after noticing a gap in the market.
Piotr said: “It’s something the town needs, there are a lot of Polish people living in Hartlepool.
“The Polish, Slovakian and English people come here.
“We sell drinks and the Polish sausage and ham is popular.
“It’s nice for people to have a home from home.
“We want everyone to come to the shop and try a taste of Poland.”
The couple came to the town five years ago after securing jobs with local firms.
They gave up their jobs to concentrate on the shop and are looking forward to a bright future.
Magdelena, 31, said: “I’m really looking forward to getting things up and running.”
The shop is open on weekdays from 9am-8pm and from 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 10am-2pm on Sundays.