Shirin Lakdawala and her husband Sabeer Cherawala, opened the newest Metal Supermarkets®, the world’s largest supplier of small quantity metals, store in their area.
Metal Supermarkets specialise in providing local businesses and consumers with superior customer service and the highest quality metal products available. Customers can buy any size or type of metal they need, quickly and easily, and with no minimum order requirement.
Stephen Schober, Metal Supermarkets President and CEO says “We are excited to further expand the company’s footprint and look forward to working with Shirin and Sabeer to further develop the Metal Supermarkets brand. With so much industry in the area this new store is in a great position to thrive.”
Prior to starting the Metal Supermarkets franchise, Shirin and Sabeer owned and operated a hotel franchise for more than 17 years. After selling their hotel business they sought a business-to-business concept that would enable them to have family members involved, was stable, and had limited competition. The couple investigated numerous franchise systems and determined Metal Supermarkets to be the right choice.
Sabeer grew up in India in the metal industry as his father owned a metal distribution business similar to Metal Supermarkets. He has extensive experience and family relationships in the metals business. His brothers have continued the family business and own locations in Mumbai, Dubai and Vancouver.
“We were looking for a business that would allow us to apply the skills, like customer service we mastered in the hotel business. More importantly, we wanted to be in a business with more traditional operating hours, so we could share more family time together,” says Shinir Lakdawala, co-owner of the new Metal Supermarkets outlet. “We liked the Metal Supermarkets business model and figured we could get back into the family business. For Sabeer, this transition marks a complete circle as he started in this industry working in his father’s metal distribution store when he was a teenager.”