PROVIDING the community with live music, a bouncy castle and free food is the way a local business has sought to give back to the community.
The Burrito Man LTD opened the doors of its new flagship store in Park Parade, Leigh Park, in Havant by creating a festival feel, bringing residents to the shopping centre and thanking them for all the support shown as the business has grown.
Starting out from humble beginnings, running as a food truck with deliveries in Waterlooville High Street, business owner Jody Rosenthal wants to repay the community by becoming an integral part of an up-and-coming area.
Mr Rosenthal believes if his business, along with other businesses in the precinct, come together to host more community events, it will make Leigh Park a vibrant and prosperous area once more.
Mr Rosenthal said: ‘My goal is to bring people back into shopping precincts, give them a reason to come out and support local businesses .
‘We need to give people in the area something that is a bit new and a bit fresh that will get them excited – that is what I hope to do. Myself and other businesses want to enhance the atmosphere of Park Parade.’
The Burrito Man is hoping that by offering people who live in the area something a little bit new and unique it will spark a bit of a buzz around the area.
After a soft launch to test the waters, Mr Rosenthal has been boosted by the public’s response and is encouraged that more businesses can prosper in the area.
As families enjoyed the music and food on offer, the Leigh Park businessman said it is just great to see people out enjoying themselves.
‘Leigh Park is a real up-and-coming area,’ added Mr Rosenthal.
‘People think there isn’t much money here, but the residents I have spoken to don’t want to travel somewhere for community events, they want them on their doorstep.
‘I am so glad so many people came out to see what was going on, and it looks good for the future of Park Parade.’