Gallery: Green shoots of recovery as River Island moves to bigger store, Frankie & Benny’s comes to town and Burtons undergoes a revamp

The recently opened 
Toby Carvery at Ravenswood The recently opened Toby Carvery at Ravenswood

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
5:49 PM

New names have been cropping up around town this year, with the arrival of Frankie & Benny’s, Hawkshead and 99p Stores.

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Hawkshead opened this winter in the former Early Learning Centre storeHawkshead opened this winter in the former Early Learning Centre store

More established brands such as Burtons, River Island and Three in the heart of town were given facelifts, with Dorothy Perkins moving into Burtons, and River Island taking on the former Dorothy Perkins store to afford them more space.

The Travel Clinic opened in St Nicholas Street in August, while Savers opened in early autumn in Upper Brook Street.

Virgin Media opened a second store in the town while the 99p Stores took on Poundland and Yippee! It’s 99p in town.

Hawkshead is one of the newest additions to the town centre, opening in the former Early learning Centre in time for the Christmas shopping rush.

River Islands relocated to the former Dorothy Perkins store, their old unit remains vacantRiver Islands relocated to the former Dorothy Perkins store, their old unit remains vacant

At Ravenswood, four new restaurants have been built - a Harvester, Toby Carvery, Chiquito’s and Frankie & Benny’s.

Elsewhere, independent retailers have seen the green shoots of recovery in the town and opened shops, or revamped their existing premises.

Which new stores would you like to see open in 2014?

2 comments

  • Trouble is, it's all national brands who, while they ARE employing people locally, just take huge amounts of money out of the local economy. The only shops that will really make a difference to the local economy are those owned and run by local people, sourcing as much as possible of their produce locally. Companies based in America, sourcing their stock from China do little for the local economy.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Excellent comment. We need more small independent stores in places like Dial Lane, the Walk and St. Nicholas' Street - they give a place character but the trading environment is not easy for them.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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