SYCAMORE – Ashur Khan, general manager of the Grab N’ Go convenience and tobacco store at 1210 E. State St., wants customers to know that he is open to suggestions.
“We carry everything – snacks, chips,” Khan said. “Whatever we don’t have, we’re open to suggestions for customers.”
Khan has managed Grab N’ Go with his dad and his brother since the store’s opening July 15. Sometimes family friends help out, too.
“We have very competitive prices, and we put our shop in a location so it’s easy for the rental community to go shopping whenever they want,” Khan said.
That particular location also is next to a Jazzercise outlet and the Northern Illinois Dance Center. Khan said they are offering 10 percent discounts to members of those organizations.
“We wanted to promote the idea of exercising and being healthy,” Khan said. “We’re giving them 10 percent discounts if they come and show us they are members of the Jazzercise or the Dance Club.”
The store’s management also is working on a discount program for DeKalb and Sycamore students. Khan said a student who brings in their report card and has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher could get discounts off their purchases.
Khan said they have not decided what level of GPAs will get what discount yet, but he said the higher the GPA, the higher the discount.
Khan also is a student at Northern Illinois University, majoring in English with a minor in history and psychology. Khan said he wants to be a high school teacher and, at some point, get his master’s degree and maybe teach at a community college.
Despite being the manager and co-owner of the store, Khan said he doesn’t have much business aspirations or experience, which is why he brought his family in to help.
“He has business experience, so that’s good for the store,” Khan said of his father. “Since I’m young, I kind of know what people are looking for and want – the newer way of business. I’m here to give him ideas and help him out with the store.”