Arif (pictured below) arrived from Afghanistan as a refugee in 2005.
He has owned the Shaheen Store for the last 5 years. He had a similar business in his home-country and plenty of experience in the day-to-day operations required in running a store.
The Shaheen store expanded in September 2019, relaunching as a bigger and more diverse store. It is known for its bulk food, especially nuts, but also pickles, teas, Turkish bread and spices. The store has a large range of international products and groceries, including homeware and imported beauty products.