TWO empty shops are being refurbished in preparation for the opening of new stores.
John Dawson, the owner of Dawson of Stamford, is refurbishing the former Shortland Kitchens shop in St Mary’s Street, Stamford, to open a second store.
He hopes it will have more of a boutique feel than his shop in Red Lion Square and stock items which he doesn’t currently have room to display.
He said: “Trade isn’t that bad at the moment, despite other shops closing. A recession is a strange thing - no one really knows when you are going into one or when you are coming out of one, but we believe in another year things will be back on track.”
The shop, which will also be called Dawson of Stamford, is expected to open in March. Two new members of staff have already been employed.
In High Street, Stamford, businessman Kailash Chavda is refurbishing the shop next to Stamford Library which used to be occupied by a clothes shop and a cafe.
Mr Chavda already owns Anand Shoes in Market Harborough. He plans to open the second branch at the end of February.
He said: “Anand Shoes will be a niche shop with quality shoes, shoe repairs and a key cutting counter.”
Mr Chavda also owns the property next door which is currently on the market.
Refurbishment work is also under way at the Black Bull Hotel in Stamford Walk.
The owners secured permission to convert the ground floor of the pub into a shop and the first floor into a guest house.
During the last few months Stamford has seen children’s shop Scarlet Sky and QKS Kitchens open in the town centre,.
l A closing down sale is being held at Bonmarche in High Street, Stamford, after the company was bought by Sun European Partners, which is closing 160 of the 394 stores.