Trade is booming in Stamford with a range of independent and national businesses coming to town.
Two businesses which already have shops in Market Deeping have now also opened stores in Stamford.
National discount giant Poundland has moved into the premises in High Street vacated by the Dorothy Perkins-Burtons chain and CycleWright.co, the bike shop at Waterside Garden Centre in Baston is opening a shop in St Paul’s Street tomorrow.
The two Market Deeping-based businesses, Cloudnine and 23 Seven opened next door to each other in Stamford Walk this week.
Jonno Wyatt owns designer clothing store 23 Seven and jumped at the opportunity to expand his business in Stamford.
He said: “I just wanted to be here. It’s such a vibrant, busy, historic town. It’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
The shop sells men’s and women’s clothing to fit a range of budgets.
Jonno, pictured inset, will keep his shop in Church Street, Market Deeping, open but is already pleased with the response from Stamford shoppers.
He added: “Saturday was really busy – it’s very encouraging.”
Cloudnine, a gift shop, was set up in High Street, Market Deeping, by Alison Ireland. Her decision to open another shop in Stamford was also an easy one.
She said: “We were looking to expand and felt our offering fitted with what the people of Stamford like. There are a lot of smaller, boutique shops here.”
Alison will keep her shop in Market Deeping open as well. But she is keen to give Stamford shoppers the chance to try her range of products and excellent customer service.
CycleWright.co has spent two weeks refurbishing former clothes shop premises in St Paul’s Street ready for its opening tomorrow.
Gemma Wright, who is the wife of business owner Simon, said the shop would focus on high-end products along with bike repairs.
She added: “Stamford seemed like the right place to go. It’s a great place to set up a shop.
“Since we’ve been working on the shop the footfall past the window has been huge.”
And it’s not just the independent firms that are keen to come to the town. National retailer Poundland opened in High Street yesterday.
A total of 22 new jobs have been created in the store, which occupies the former Burton/Dorothy Perkins shop.
Trading director Richard Lancaster said: “Poundland offers amazing value on top branded products to over 4.5 million customers every week.
“The £1 price hasn’t changed since we opened our first store 22 years ago. Our current customers love us and we are sure the Stamford shoppers will too.”
The new arrival leaves few empty shop fronts in the High Street.
Existing Stamford businesses are also prospering in the town.
The Stamford Wine Company will move from its original home in St Mary’s Street to a new, larger building in St Paul’s Street.
The company, which was set up in November last year, is adding a wine cafe to its retail offering. The firm hopes to take advantage of a large garden to create a special summer venue.