Driven from their humble farming community in the Kahramanmaras region by conflict and poverty, the Yavuz family first came to London as asylum seekers in 1990 and settled in a small flat in Hornsey, North London with some assistance from relatives. Working their way in the textiles industry, the family were able to purchase a small shop in the Green Lanes area of N4 and launched the first Gokyuzu in 1999.