Village store finally opens

Osgodby Stores owner Can Evirgen with Phil King, chairman of Osgodby Village Council. Picture by Neil Silk
Osgodby Stores owner Can Evirgen with Phil King, chairman of Osgodby Village Council. Picture by Neil Silk

After several years of waiting Osgodby residents finally have a new convenience store.

The Osgodby Stores opened its doors for the first time earlier this month to give the villagers somewhere to buy a pint of milk and their copy of The Scarborough News.

Opened and run by the Evirgen family, husband and wife Sabri and Amanda with their sons Can and Mert running the business, it sits in the building previously occupied by the Post Office in Osgodby Lane and has been heralded by its customers in the short time it has been serving the community.

Can said that the feedback had been overwhelming positive.

“Not having a store in the village is quite a big thing as we have quite an elderly population,” said Can.

“If you have to travel two miles just to pick up some milk that is not ideal and that is why we were keen to open something in the heart of the village.

“People have been coming in and telling us that they are so glad we have opened and one person even said that it was a lifeline to people. We had a lot of backing from Osgodby Village Council chairman Phil King as well, he was really keen to get the store open.”

Selling everything from confectionery, drinks and general groceries to stamps and free range eggs it means that people no longer have to get in the car or catch a bus to pick up the everyday essentials.

The family are now hoping to succeed where the other stores failed and remain as a part of Osgodby for a long time.

Can, 21, added: “From speaking to people it seems that the reason the other stores closed all those years ago was that they maybe tried to offer too much too soon, we are trying to let the business grow gradually and take it from there.”

From Monday, September 30 Osgodby Stores will be offering a daily paper delivery service for its customers and the owners are looking for the people of the village to help in its growth.

“We think it is important to listen to our customers,” said Can, “if they have suggestions for us then we are willing to listen and take them on board.”