Shital Patel and her husband, Sunny Desai, bought the Rising Fawn
Food Mart about a month ago and are open for business as they
renovate it. They say they set gas prices so low they lose money on
it some days, but they hope Rising Fawn will turn to them for
groceries and other merchandise.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
At the Rising
Fawn Food Mart, independent operators Sunny Desai and his wife, Shital Patel,
want the community to know they’ve recently acquired the station – they bought
it a month or so ago – and are working to make it the best it can be. They are renovating inside and putting in new
with a distributor that sells Citgo gas exclusively, he explained, and he says
he marks it up only minimally if at all because he wants to compete with the
larger station on the other side of the interstate. “I’ve got to compare with
them,” he said.
“Nobody wants to come if it’s cheaper over
wholesale costs are higher, said Desai, because corporate stores own their own
gas while the little guys have to buy from distributors. “When they
[distributors] buy from the main company, they’re the middle person and then
we’re the third person,” he said.
As a result,
said Desai, his gas profits are nothing to write home about. “Sometimes we lose
money, sometimes we don’t,” he said.
He hopes to
offset that by sales inside the store. Rising Fawn has no grocery or general
store, and Desai’s Food Mart sells besides lottery tickets and beer a rather
extensive array of grocery items and wines. While the Sentinel spoke with
Desai, a competing interviewer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was
questioning him for food stamp program participation.
So Desai and
his wife want the word out that they’re the place to come for food and other
merchandise in Rising Fawn. “I want to tell people I’ve got a good, nice
store,” said Desai. “Good price, nice quality, you know. I want everything clean.”