They used to deliver curries - but have now opened Hull's newest vape shop
DETERMINED: Mohammed is keen to target students at the University of Hull
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2017
They first started working together selling curries and naan breads.
But now, two colleagues have switched their attention from Indian delicacies to vaping after opening the region's newest shops.
King of Vape, based in Newland Avenue, on the corner of Ventnor Street, opened at the start of this month - much to the excitement of its two proud owners, Mohammed Rahman and Gary Cooper.
The pair, who used to work together at Cottingham Tandoori, set up the venture after noticing a lack of vape shops in the Avenues area.
Mr Rahman said: "Originally it was an idea from my two younger brothers who were students in Hull. They recognised that there were no good vape shops in Hull so I looked into it.
"I spent hours touring shops to suss out the competition and the biggest thing for us was finding the right market and the right place and that is where my brothers came into it.
"That's when I turned around to Gary and said I've got a good idea, I've got everything I need, I just need someone else to help me and he was keen to get involved so we went from there."
Although they've only been operating for just over a week, Mr Rahman is keen to get to draw in customers before making a play university students when they return in September.
King of Vape in Newland Avenue
However, with a website also being currently set up, the 26-year-old sees no reason why his firm can't start selling its products nationwide in the months and years to come.
"Because we've got the right place for it, we thought we would go direct at the students," he said.
"We are keen now to get ourselves up and running so we've got this two-month window to get things ready for when the students come back and to also be established enough to convince the locals to come in.
"Hopefully instead of having people come in store we want to try and get this nationwide too.
"We have got big plans but the next few months is all about finding our feet. We want the locals to become regulars and understand who we are and why we are here.
"Then we need to get our website and running and once we're online we might look at opening up a second premises to operate the website from."
Mohammed sought advice from his younger brothers before setting up the shop
Mr Cooper worked as a delivery driver for Cottingham Tandoori and is excited about his first foray into business with Mr Rahman.
The 50-year-old, who hasn't smoked for 20 years, will be taking on marketing responsibilities for the firm.
"It's really exciting for me because I've never done anything like this before," he said.
"It's a completely brand new experience for me and I'm looking forward to getting some leaflets out there, building up local trade and promoting ourselves through Hull University.
"I can't wait to see people come through the doors and see what we've got to offer."
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