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March 27, 2012

24/7 Business: Those Who Never Close Shop

They are part of these small shops where you can find practically anything, regardless of time or day. Even before the introduction of the concept 24/7, they were the few to offer a service 'Around the Clock'.

Food to a box of cigarettes through phone cards, businesses that defy fixed schedules care about their customers. 

For 43 years, smoking Gool in Beau Bassin is one of the pioneers in offering this service to Mauritians. Founded by Ahmed Issack is now a family business that continues. "My father was the first to open a shop and operational 24h/24 7/7. It is this characteristic that has made known throughout the country. It was the best publicity we could do, "said Yusuf Issack, the son of Ahmed Issack. 

To ensure quality service to its loyal clientele, including many ministers, Gool operates by rotation. "We are three to operate the box. At 73, he's my father who provides the first part is the slice of 5:30 am to 13:00. I assure the slice of 13 hours to 16 hours, before my cousin is 16 hours to 20 hours. He goes back over 20 hours at 1:30 and the last quarter of its rightful 1:30 to 5:30. Thus for 43 years and even during hurricane, "said Yusuf. 

When asked how he manages his family life, the latter smiled before saying: "You end up getting used to, but it is true that when you're married, it's not always obvious. Fortunately I have an understanding wife. " 

In 43 years of existence, the store has never had any theft attempt: "Touch wood, but so far no one has ever dared to attack us to steal our recipes, whether the Day or night. I think it's a bit of respect for the service we provide, "says Yusuf. 

After four decades, the store is being modernized. In a short time a new building will replace the old. "There are plans to raze the old smoke shop to build another much larger. However, it is not clear yet whether we will remain operational 24 hours 7 days 24 and 7. The reason is simple: our revenue is no longer the same and then fatigue seriously beginning to be felt.

Bakery of Grand Bay 

Located on the road 20 feet, the bakery of Grand Bay, exists for its hand, for 4 years and never closes shop: "We never close. Besides bread, always with us night owls pastries, cakes and drinks. In addition, we prepare sandwiches taste of the customer and when he wants, "says Suraj Tulsi, the owner. 

To guard against potential troublemakers, he uses in his part of the surveillance cameras. "We placed cameras to deal with any eventuality. But so far, we have never had bad surprises, "says this resident of Plains-of-Papaya, which plans to open a bakery similar to Ebony. 

Operational since 1986, smoking Saud in Port Louis, offers For its part, a service almost 'Around The Clock'. Open 12 am to 1 am, this business owned by Saud Mussoo, mainly sells pastries, soft drinks and fruit. Busy night, smoking has a very good clientele. It starts at 15 hours, the manager says it's well throughout the night. "People spend with us all day and all night. They know they will always find us, something to eat on the cheap, "says Saud Mussoo.

 

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