Back Bay Barber Shop Owner Shares His Story, Seeks Employees Among Pandemic

Photo: WBZ NewsRadio / Chris Fama

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man who owns barber shops in Legacy Place, Dedham and the Back Bay is desperately searching for employees following the "great resignation."

Owner of Anfa Barber Shop Abdou Benouardia told WBZ's Chris Fama that he has owned his Back Bay location on Gloucester Street for almost two decades and that he has run into staff problems.

"It's hard for me to find people who want to work. After COVID-19, I think people would just rather stay at home relaxing," Benouardia said.

The barber said that he has three kids and a wife, and that he wants to provide enough so that his children do not have to work as frequently as he does now. Benouardia says that he works seven days a week, pays rent at both shops, and shuttles between the two locations every other day.

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According to the barber shop's website, Anfa Barber Shop offers Hollywood-style fades, shaves, haircuts, and beard trims and colorings. Benouardia says he can do any haircut, and that he gives the best ones.

Benouardia appealed to potential employees and said that working at Anfa Barber could be a great opportunity.

"Come here, I'll give you the key, and then you're your own boss. Show up to a location, I'll buy lunch and I'll do my best," Benouardia said.

"Anfa," is the ancient name of Casablanca, Morocco, which was founded in the 7th century B.C. on top of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, something that the barber shop says they are trying to replicate through haircuts. Though Benouardia expects he will lose one of his locations, the barber says he is optimistic that the "American dream" will turn around for him.

WBZ's Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports

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