Chern Chim has been a successful part of Udon’s ex-pat food culture for the last two and a half years, supplying imported brand name products, frozen/fresh meats, bacon, ready meals, fresh bread, a popular sausage range and much more.
Due to its increasing popularity, CC is currently undergoing major changes and expansion plans and is moving from their Adunyadet Road business unit into larger purpose-built premises overlooking the scenic Nong Sim Lake and park.
The Adunyadet Road shop will close its doors for the final time on October 28th at 6pm. The new premises will open to wholesale & local business customers on 1st Nov. The official grand opening for general customers is currently subject to the construction deadline and will be announced later on the udonmap forum. The target date however is 10th November.
The new CC premises will host a larger ground floor area, warehousing space for palletized products and forklift truck access as well as ample customer parking space. There is even a spacious apartment available for private rental.
The core of the business will remain the same with some unique additions to the deli-café menu, imported brand names and a freezer section.
The expansion and development plans will see some new additions to the business such as:
1. Off-license (liquor shop) selling wholesale imported alcohol, and a tasting center selling drinks to enjoy on the terrace or to take-away wholesale in 4’s 12’s, and whole cases of the usual (plus some unusual) imported beers, ciders, wines and party drinks like WKD and others from Europe, Australia, and other countries.
2. An imported alcohol hotel mini-bar supply department servicing the provincial hotels, guesthouses, and resorts.
3. A unique addition to the business will be Udon’s first working classic ‘old’ style shop with traditional 60′s/70′s theme similar to that of the UK TV sitcom “Open All Hours”. The annex will be named ‘Arkwrights’ and staff will wear traditional brown coats and use a delivery bike complete with basket. Photos ops will be available next to ‘Arkwright n GGGGgranville’ – a truly unique shopping experience.
Jon & Dao, the owners of Chern Chim, say the business has really taken over their lives in the last 2 years, but they love it. In their opinion Tesco, Big C, Makro, and similar superstores all have a place in the market; and they see this as investing in Udon Thani, whilst keeping alive the tradition of the corner shop; in turn having fun, being happy doing it and obviously making enough to take care of their family and maintaining the odd hobby.
Jon & Dao said they would like to thank all customers past and present who have in any way supported the business during the last two and a half years. Without them, none of this dream would have been possible.