Ali Younis, general manager, of Mango Fresh Market.
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Summerside’s newest grocer has closed its doors — temporarily.
Mango Fresh Market, situated at 200 Wyatt Crescent, closed Monday, but its produce manager, Cindy Warren, assured on Tuesday that the store would reopen sometime in spring 2016.
“We just knew that we wanted to do a few different things and makes some changes, and we can’t do that while the store is open,” said Warren. “We decided to close until May or June, we’re not sure. It could be sooner. We are going to play it by ear.”
The independent grocery store, which opened its doors on Aug. 14, featured mostly locally grown fresh produce, along with bread, meat, and a selection of off-season imported vegetables and fruit hard to find on P.E.I.
“Business has been very, very good,” said Warren. “We find at this time of year people are in a hurry and it is cold out and they would rather make one stop and shop in a grocery store.”
While closed, new features will be added and changes made in order to better serve customers, said Warren.
The store, she added, will stay at the same location.
Burhan Kaboush, of Charlottetown, is the store’s majority stakeholder, while its general manager, Ali Younis, is a minority stakeholder.
Kaboush is currently in the process of opening a second store in Charlottetown, located at 92 Capital Dr., which is hoped to be open in the coming weeks.
Warren said that Mango’s owner, while the Summerside store is closed, would still be operating a wholesale supply to local restaurants and businesses.
The store employs three people including Warren.
“I will be helping out with the wholesale business,” she added. “He can call us as he needs us.”
She noted with the size of the store, getting product, especially local produce this time of year, was difficult.
The owner had purchased a delivery truck and was making trips to pick up product for the store.
“This was a new adventure for this gentleman, so there are a lot of little quirks that need to be worked out,” added Warren. “There are a few things that he would like to do to make some changes to make things even better.”
She added that the store’s customer base has been loyal and hoped to see everyone return in the spring.
“We just want to better serve out customers.”