Search

Optimism for Stalham future

PUBLISHED: 13:54 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:15 11 May 2010

MARK Twain's famous quote “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” could well apply to the market town of Stalham.

Stalham Happing Business Group chairman and retail landlord Roy Woolsey said: “Since Tesco arrived on the edge of town the retail landscape has changed somewhat and we have had a period of change and adjustment, but the High Street is fighting back.

MARK Twain's famous quote “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” could well apply to the market town of Stalham.

Stalham Happing Business Group chairman and retail landlord Roy Woolsey said: “Since Tesco arrived on the edge of town the retail landscape has changed somewhat and we have had a period of change and adjustment, but the High Street is fighting back.”

Despite the general economic downturn which is affecting many businesses, Mr Woolsey is cautiously optimistic about the future of the town - which has seen a spate of new businesses - and for the first time in years, is close to 100pc retail occupancy.

Seven new retail businesses have changed the face of the High Street over the last 12 months and there is a general consensus amongst them that business is looking good.

Hair, fashion and beauty is strongly represented adding a touch of glamour to the town. Fairytale gowns offers wedding dresses, evening gowns and exotic accessories while the The Sun & Beauty Rooms provides a wide range of beauty treatments and sun tanning in pleasant, modern surroundings. Elite Cuts hairdressers and The Barbers complete the picture.

Family business William James Antiques has moved into the old Maid's Head providing plenty of space to show their quality antique clocks and furniture which retail from £100 to £10,000. Just over six months into their Stalham venture, business is brisk with both local sales and overseas orders.

On the home front, Norwich family firm Bateman's Carpets have just opened shop in the middle of the High Street to provide old-fashioned family service for domestic and commercial customers.

Reads Coffee House - with its bright modern interior and a quiet corner with soft seating - offers a tranquil spot for a snack or lunch, with home-made cakes and local ingredients its hallmark.

The newcomers add weight to a town that has many established businesses and services including a well-stocked convenience store, a popular butchers and a hardware store, which has just celebrated 25 years in the town.

Furthermore, following the merger between Alliance Pharmacy and Boot's, the town's chemist has just been transformed into a Boots Local Pharmacy, retaining the original staff whilst introducing a whole range of brands, which were not previously available.

“There really is a great deal of variety here in Stalham now - with businesses too numerous to mention. Add to this, the availability of three hours free parking at Tesco, with quick and easy access to the High Street - and free short term on-street parking for flying visits - then we believe the town is well placed to meet the needs of shoppers and visitors from local areas or further afield,” said Mr Woolsey.

Other News

29 minutes ago

A first-year university student who left his father’s BMW suspended in a tree has been disqualified from driving.

09:17

It might be time to bring out a pair of gloves as temperatures across Norfolk are forecast to drop next week.

Yesterday, 16:52

Sailor Moon, the Hulk and Spiderman will be settling into Yarmouth next year to celebrate their very own Comic Con.

Yesterday, 16:16

More than 500 people have already attended the seventh annual Beccles Beer Festival as the three-day event continues.

Most Read

Wed, 12:29

Police are appealing for help to trace a woman following a theft in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Tue, 13:10

The man who was killed in a fatal stabbing in Great Yarmouth has been named.

Read more
Norwich Magistrates Court
Thu, 14:16

A young girl left severely disabled after mistakes were made during her birth at a Norfolk hospital will receive an extra £600,000 in damages.

Read more
Wed, 12:20

Residents in Great Yarmouth will be able to enjoy having their favourite fast food orders delivered right to their doorstep thanks to a new delivery service.

Read more
Norwich
Wed, 14:51

Homes are going up on a pub’s garden as it looks for ways to thrive.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy