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New Convenience Store Opens in Millburn

New owners of Village Express renovate store at the Millburn train station.

Looking for a cup of coffee on your morning commute from the Millburn train station or just need a snack after a long train ride?

With the new owners of Village Express, Sanjay and Priya Chawla, the convenience store offers a variety of Starbucks K-Cups, Green Mountain coffee and fresh brewed ice tea everyday. And if you're a green tea lover, the store offers a specialty homemade tea mixed with jasmine. 

"People have been going crazy over this green tea," Mrs. Chawla said. 

The store opens up a little before 5 a.m. everyday for the earliest commuters and Mrs. Chawla said she's there every morning at least an hour before that to make the coffee and tea.

"Our first customer stops in everyday right before five in the morning," she said. But even though the store is open until 6 p.m., a 14-hour work day, she said it usually stays open later. 

"I take everything apart and clean it so I'm usually here past six," she said. 

Mrs. Chawla, who is in the shop everyday, said she's, "always been attracted to Millburn. I always come here and shop."

The store also sells a collection of purses, jewelry and accessories imported directly from India, which she displays in a display case and scattered on the spiral stair case.

Before it reopen, Mrs. Chawla said they put a lot of work into remodeling the it. "We got rid of everything that was in here."

"All the customers have seemed so happy," Mrs. Chawla said, in her first week running her new store space.

The couple also owns A & D Liquor Store at 396 Valley Street in South Orange, where they used to also have a deli next door at 394 Valley Street. Once Mrs. Chawla became pregnant with their first son, she closed the deli 10 years ago to raise him.

"I just wanted to do something," Mrs. Chawla said. "With this store I get a chance to creatively display everything."

Sanjay chawla August 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I just love it...

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