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Hadleigh shop to reopen after being empty for 18 months
7:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
AN empty shop which has stood vacant for almost 18 months could finally be home to a new discount health and beauty shop.
Savers Health and Beauty is looking to open in the former Woolworths store in London Road, Hadleigh, having applied to Castle Point Council for a licence to sell alcohol.
Although it stocks a number of discounted health and beauty products, fragrances and household items, a number of Savers stores now sell alcohol, which explains the license application.
The empty shop has become an eyesore in the town after convenience store Costcutter closed in March 2012 – just eight months after it opened.
Before that, the unit had stood empty for almost two years after Woolworths closed in 2009.
Traders in the town say it would be a welcome addition to the shopping parade and are hopeful it could see more people drawn to shop in Hadleigh.
Angela Beckwith, owner of Angela’s Kids Boutique in London Road, said: “I think Savers moving in is great news for the town. It’s something people will really want, I think, and hopefully it will bring a lot more residents up this end of the town.
“It’s good there are fewer empty shops here nowbecause it gives people more incentive to shop here rather than going elsewhere. I used to have a shop in Leigh, but the rents are so high and so I saw this shop available and thought I would go for it.
“I’m not doing too badly to be honest, and I think the town centre is doing a lot better recently.”
Jo Green, from Balloons At From Me To You, said: “That shop has been closed for such a long time, it will be good to see something new opening up there. I think things are improving in Hadleigh. We seem to be seeing more people coming past since Morrisons opened, hopefully we will see more of that once Savers does as well.
“Town centres are struggling everywhere at the moment and it is hard but it seems in Hadleigh we are doing quite well.”
Norman Ladzrie, councillor for St James’ ward, added: “It is definitely good to see something opening up in that store. It has been closed for such a long time.
What with the promise of changes to the road system and all the homes that could be built here, I think people are realising Hadleigh is the place to be at the moment.”
Representations for and against the licence application must be made by November 7.
Savers proposed licensing hours are Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm and December trading times could be Monday to Saturday from 9am to 8pm.
No one from the firm was available for comment.
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