He was picking up his friend, but stopped to get a coffee while he waited. He walked into a supermarket that he said looked like a “disaster.”
But Aziz suddenly had an idea — he was going to open his own store at the site. The very next day, Aziz came back and made a deal.
Last Friday, after three months of renovations, including painting and installing new refrigerators, Aziz opened up a new C-Town at 52-65 65th Place, just down the street from O’Neills.
“It feels good, after a couple of months working hard, putting stuff together,” he said. “It was not easy at all. I just want to do the best for the neighborhood, something nice and clean.”
Aziz owns other businesses in Brooklyn, including a linen store. But he’s always wanted to open a supermarket that has quality products, serves the community and has good people to talk to.
Already on his first day, the store owner said the reactions from customers were positive.
“C-Town, I feel, is like a family store,” he said. “You find the things that the neighborhood needs.
“They’re not like other supermarkets that just copy the supermarket anywhere they go,” Aziz added. “They see what the neighborhood needs and they put the right stuff in.”
Aziz said he hopes the supermarket will be a convenient option for residentss, and that it will be a successful store.
“Sometimes it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about you doing something and you know that you did it.”