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Abandoned Dagenham pub reopens as African supermarket

OPENED FOR BUSINESS: (From left) Owner Stella Osunbor with Margaret Akinwunmi outside their new African supermarket [PHOTO CREDIT: Barking and Dagenham Post]

A DISUED pub in east London that closed its doors last year, has been given a new lease of life by a south Londoner.

The Bull, in Rainham Road South, Dagenham, had stood empty since the final pint was pulled back in 2014.

But now the large building is being used to sell the wonderful food and flavours of Africa and the Caribbean.

Stella’s Groceries and Vegetables opened earlier this month, selling a range of African and Caribbean produce, reported the Barking and Dagenham Post.

Manager Stella Osunbol, 55, from Forest Hill, Lewisham, has run her own shops for the past 18 years and fell in love with the building when she first saw it.

“It’s a really nice building in a good area,” she said. “A really good place for my business.

“It’s obvious not everyone wanted to go to the pub for drinking because it closed.

“These days people go to the supermarket and drink at home. Not everyone wants to drink, but everyone wants to eat so we see the change as a good thing."

She added: "Pubs aren’t always good things – there can be a lot of unpleasant situations.”

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