CUMBERLAND – A new deli and convenience store is now open in a long-vacant storefront on the Woonsocket/Cumberland line.
Hannah Khalid and her partner, Ousmane Cisse, both of Woonsocket, opened 1 Stop Deli and Grocery late last month. The new store is in a space formerly occupied by a Li’l General on Bound Road.
Khalid, a New Yorker who recently moved to Woonsocket to be closer to family, said it’s her first venture running a convenience store. Her family, she said, is in the convenience store business, and she previously worked as a district manager for Dunkin’ Donuts.
“I love the neighborhood. Everyone who comes in is so nice, it’s such a different place from New York,” she told The Breeze.
The shop offers the usual convenience store fare along with a deli for sliced deli meats and sandwiches made to order. Khalid said they also offer fresh fruits and vegetables and are open to suggestions from customers on how to stock for their needs.
“Anything that the neighborhood needs us to get, I’m willing to get so that way you don’t have to go out of your way to get one or two things,” she said.
“Especially in this unfortunate time that we’re in, it’s less risk for people,” she added. “In a big supermarket, there’s a lot of people touching different things. Right now, I feel like it’s something that will be helpful to everyone to keep everyone safe.”
1 Stop Deli and Grocery is the second business to open in the formerly vacant plaza in the past year. Empire Pizza, located next door, opened last December after more than a year of planning.
Khalid said she’s begun seeing regulars and hopes to offer a coffee station once Department of Health regulations ease up after the pandemic.
“It’s a lot of elderly people in the neighborhood, and I see them going for their walks all the time, so I want them to be able to get their coffee on the way,” she said.
Customers can also order takeout deli sandwiches through DoorDash.
The store hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days per week.
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