In 1964, you couldn’t find traditional Asian sweets and snacks for sale in the UK, no matter how hard you tried. The rapidly-growing Pakistani and Indian population in Bradford had nowhere where they could enjoy authentic desserts and savouries like the ones they grew up with.
The late Haji Abdul Rehman realised this was a problem, as well as an opportunity. He was already running a bustling grocery at 194 Lumb Lane, but, in true pioneering spirit, he decided to use his entire life-savings to set up a sweet shop.
Sweet Centre opened on December 12th, 1964 and became an immediate success.