A Home away from home

A & S Home­care — A Home Away From Home.

Today I went down to A & S Home­care where I met and spoke to Raj Singh about his busi­ness.

As someone who grew up in West Nor­wood I was famil­i­ar with A & S Home­care, but hav­ing only moved back to the area recently, I wanted to know a bit more about Raj and his busi­ness.

The shop itself, as a busi­ness has been on Nor­wood Road for over 30 years, and is ingrained in West Norwood’s his­tory, Raj told me; being one of the old­est inde­pend­ent retail units in West Nor­wood.

Raj took over the busi­ness seven years ago as A & S Home­care, and remem­bers at that time West Nor­wood being a buzz­ing area for busi­ness, not­ably Raj said he knew the good­will that the busi­ness had already enjoyed in the area. Hail­ing from Southall Raj spoke about the sense of com­munity in West Nor­wood.

Prior to tak­ing over as the Man­ager of A & S Home­care, Raj was employed at Slough bor­ough coun­cil, after that he worked in the retail sec­tor as a busi­ness and Retail Man­ager. Raj took over run­ning A & S Home­care seven years ago and is now a com­pany Dir­ect­or.

A & S Home­care are an inde­pend­ent retail unit selling home­ware, ran­ging from cook­ware, liquor ware, cur­tains, lin­ins, plastics and fram­ing. The shop itself sells a vari­ety of goods, but offers a made to meas­ure ser­vice for cur­tains and blinds with a free meas­ur­ing ser­vice, and a full cur­tain and blind fit­ting ser­vice, includ­ing tracks and poles.

Bespoke fram­ing and mount cut­ting are offered at A & S Home­care for everything from your school pho­to­graphs, to your most treas­ured art work. Raj was keen to let people in West Nor­wood know there isn’t a need to go to Town or Brix­ton for your cur­tain, blinds or fram­ing needs.

Raj spoke about Nor­wood Road as a High Street in recent years, hav­ing seen shop clos­ures, men­tion­ing there still being a few empty units, he said he would like to see more diversity in busi­ness on the high street, and called West Nor­wood Feast a shot in the arm that was needed. Raj wel­comed the open­ing of the Afric­an Choice Mar­ket and said he would love to see more diversity of busi­ness in West Nor­wood, includ­ing more res­taur­ants open in the even­ings.

I left Raj fram­ing, and took a pic­ture of him while he framed those of oth­ers.

A & S Home­care is loc­ated on 288 Nor­wood Rd, Nor­wood, Lon­don SE27 9AF, and opens 9 – 6pm Monday to Sat­urday and 10 – 4pm on Sundays.

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