GRANITEVILLE — K&M Food Mart celebrated its grand reopening this week.
Located at 550 Ascaugua Lake Road, the store faced several challenges to reopen its doors, but finally opened for business on Tuesday.
The reopening of the food mart comes with a new owner. Sheluni Patel, a 19-year-old USC Aiken student, who is assuming ownership of the store with the help of her parents, Falguni Patel and Arvind Patel.
“I just opened this business up and have put my parents in charge of everything that I am not old enough to handle,” Sheluni said. “I am very excited for this new chapter in my life and the milestone of adulthood it has created for me. I have high hopes to see my first business prosper and have dreams of opening many more.”
The process of getting K&M back in business started in May, Sheluni said. Since then, the family has worked to meet the standards and supply the necessities to rebuild Graniteville's newest store.
“It's been a long journey for us,” Sheluni added. “We've been in and out, making adjustments, and there's been a lot of people who have helped us get this far. This is one of the biggest days of our lives because it's such a big step for all of us.”
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.