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Businessman caters to college students, health-conscious clients

New Business Spotlight

October 28, 2012
  • Healthy Lifestyle Natural Foods Manager Tariq Anwar, front, and owner Benish M. Pirzada stand inside the new store at 222 E. Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, in the South Pointe Shopping Center. Pirzada also recently opened College Mini Mart at 11341 Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Name of business: Healthy Lifestyle Natural Foods

Owner: Benish M. Pirzada

Address: 222 E. Oak Ridge Drive, Hagerstown, in the South Pointe Shopping Center.

Opening date: Aug. 1, 2012

Products and services: Vitamins, herbs, homeopathic items, sports supplements, health and beauty products, more than 250 bulk herbs

Target market: All ages

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? My grandfather and father were in the same business

Previous business experience: Running health-food stores for the last 15 years

Number of employees: Two

Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone number: 301-791-7975

Email: healthylifestyle2@hotmail.com

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Name of business: College Mini Mart

Owner: Benish M. Pirzada

Address: 11341 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Opening date: June 2012

Products and services: Convenience store selling milk, bread, eggs, candy, laundry items, soda, coffee, smoothies, chips, ice cream, etc.

Target market: College students and neighbors

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? Demand of neighbors

Previous business experience: Worked at a convenience store for two years

Number of employees: Two

Hours: Daily, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Phone number: 301-393-8003

Email: collegeminimart@hotmail.com

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