A NEW One Stop Franchise Store has opened for business in Christchurch.

The convenience store, at Avon View Parade, Avon View Road, is being operated by owner Srithar Nadarajah.

It opened on Thursday (Nov 15) but there will be a special grand opening event, with face-painting, free Slush Puppies and the chance to win a £100 gift voucher, on Saturday (Nov 24), from 11am-3pm.

Mr Nadarajah said: "We are all very excited about welcoming customers to our store and getting to know the local community.

"With a great selection of products and money saving promotions we are certain that local shoppers will be delighted.

"We hope they will join us here for the exciting grand opening.

"It is sure to be a fun-filled community event."

A One Stop spokesman explained the store will stock One Stop's 'Own Label' range, which offers fresh produce and household essentials.

"Customers can take advantage of the £3 lunchtime meal deal featuring a tasty range of fresh sandwiches, snacks and soft drinks or stock up on household essentials or that missing ingredient for tonight’s dinner," said the spokesman.