Presiding over a large, clean, well-organized convenience store at 886 Main Street that has been open less than a month, 29-year-old Izhar U. Haq—a soft-spoken man who calls himself Izzy—has realized his dream of owning his own business in Falmouth.
“I named it after Falmouth,” town resident Mr. Haq said of the new, family-run business, The Falmouth Convenience Store, which now fills the space next to Ideal Floor Covering, Inc. that was formerly occupied by the local Radio Shack.
Unlike many other convenience stores, The Falmouth Convenience Store, which Mr. Haq was able to open with family support and financial backing, is an independent business, not associated with any franchise.
“I have a lot of friends in town, and I have learned and gotten ideas from them. This is a good opportunity to serve this great community,” he said.
Mr. Haq came to Falmouth from Pakistan with his family at the age of 17. He has worked “with good people” in the convenience store business all over Cape Cod, he said, including in East Falmouth, Sandwich, and Hyannis.
Friends and colleagues are now supporting Mr. Haq’s new business venture by spreading word of its location on social media.
“People who know my family are trying to help, and we are very appreciative,” Mr. Haq said.
Mr. Haq is pleased with the location of his store, which he pointed out is in a busy plaza surrounded by three banks, and is convenient to the beach, the Island Queen ferry, Planet Fitness gym, an Italian deli, and DJ’s Wings, for example.
“People just don’t know we’re here yet,” Mr. Haq said, but he added that business is getting better every day as customers find the store, including guests of The Falmouth Inn a few doors down, and patrons from the gym across the street who have come in to buy water, Gatorade, and energy bars.
“People like the parking lot,” Mr. Haq said, because it is large and offers a lot of handicapped parking.
“Great prices and friendly service,” said one customer as he made a return trip to the convenience store after shopping there last week.
Mr. Haq surveyed his immaculate store, where customers can purchase the usual convenience store goods, and coffee for 99 cents. “We are slowly filling the space,” he said. “I hope it works out.”