A second hand phone shop owner has found renewed success during the Covid – 19 pandemic with his burger shop, ‘Alan Burger’, in Pattaya.
The second hand phone shop is on Pattaya Third Road between Soi Chalerm Phrakiet 15 and Soi Chalerm Phrakiet 13.
In front of the phone shop is a burger stall called ‘Alan Burger’. The burger menu starts from only 39 baht. Many Thai and foreign customers have visited the burger shop since the idea for a rebranding of the business temporarily came about.
The shop owner, Mr. Baramee Wantanee, 44, told The Pattaya News, “I have suffered twice from the pandemic due to Covid-19 related closures and lack of customers. Although my business was deemed essential and wasn’t closed like many other places, both times the government ordered restrictions to control the virus devastated me as travel restrictions, lack of income, and fear of the virus kept people at home. This time (in January), I had no money to pay my rent and my staff.”
“I decided to close my phone shop and like many others leave Pattaya. I had already contacted a moving truck to relocate all my belongings to my hometown in the north of Thailand.”
“Meanwhile, to pass the time during the last period of closure restrictions and lack of customers I started experimenting with making my own burgers, something I have always been passionate about. Since I was young, I’ve enjoyed western style burgers and wanted to try my hand at my own recipes.” Baramee continued.
“My friends tried my burgers and they really liked it, suggesting I try to sell them professionally. So, I decided to start my own burger business with the money I had left.”
“I opened the burger shop without high expectations but have been pleasently surprised at the turnout and public reaction. Despite the still difficult situation in Pattaya and lack of tourists I have been making enough to support myself while the mobile phone business, reliant on tourism, is not profitable in the area. My customer base is a variety of Thai nationals and foreign expats and I now have regular customers who visit me almost every day. ”
“Anyone who has lost their way please remember there will always be opportunity if we don’t give up. I am 44 years old but you are never too old to do what you love and try something new.” Baramee concluded.
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