New shop helps with cleanup

2017-12-12 06:00
Spiros Mavraganis PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Spiros Mavraganis PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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A newly opened clothing store has partnered with the Salt River Business Improvement District (SRBID) to create a lively, clean environment and to upskill ­residents.

The owners of Atlas store near the Salt River circle help with cleanups around their store and have started empowering local people with skills needed at the store. They say the store is not just about business but also aims to empower the community by interacting with residents and getting their hands dirty.

Spiros Mavraganis says they have already employed someone to be upskilled to specialise in cleaning windows. He says they also promote literacy by giving away old magazines to passengers at the nearest bus stop and selling them for R5 each to customers.

According to him the store has created six jobs for local, unemployed people. He says they are planning to create more jobs for youngsters from around Salt River, who will be trained in different aspects of the business and will be allowed to use their creativity for the improvement of the business.

Mavraganis says by bringing unique business to the area they want to resurrect the good old feeling of going to the main road and using the skills of the area’s own people.

The store opened its doors to the public in November hoping to bring more visitors to the area.

He says the idea to bring a dynamic clothing store to Salt River was to change the look of Albert Road on the side of the suburb to match that of its surroundings.

“My partners and I asked ourselves what we could do to improve the face of Salt River and make it more appealing to the market. We came up with the idea of a clothing store, a unique one with quality value products.

“We are selling quality brands stocked locally and internationally. If our customers are not happy with the product or cannot find what they want inside our store we go the extra mile to source it at an affordable price,” he explains.

He says as part of making a difference, he also invested in revamping the old building and making it more appealing to the public.

“It was a way of showing my commitment to being a part of the Salt River community. I work closely with the SRBID to achieve my goals,” says Mavraganis.

One of the employees of the store, Berry Booysen, says she is happy to be one of the first staff members of the shop because it gives her a chance to learn and grow as a salesperson. She says as the shop is new, they are undergoing training to prepare them to offer good service. She says the shop has improved the look of the area and she hopes the company will grow and expand so it will not only offer quality products but be able to give back to communities by creating jobs and be part of development.

A representative of the SRBID has confirmed the partnership with the store, saying they are interested in anyone who is willing to make a positive change in the ­community.

Gene Lohrentz, CEO of Geocentric urban management, which manages the improvement district, says: “I can indeed confirm that we have been working closely with them to clean up the area around their shop with their help. They have supported our work and helped us where they could. It is the mission of the SRBID to create an inviting and safe business district attractive and safe for visitors and shoppers alike.”

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