Mixed fortunes for businesses in Stamford

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SHOE lovers in Stamford are set to be treated to a new footwear store in town but a number of other stores have closed.

Shoe company Moshulu will open a shop in the unit in High Street, which was previously occupied by Timpsons.

The company has more than 40 stores across the country selling a range of women’s, men’s and children’s footwear, as well as accessories such as handbags and purses.

Meanwhile, homeware store Meander, in St Mary’s Street, is holding a closing down sale and is due to shut its doors at the end of the month.

Proprietor Richard Reed said it was a “huge shame” to be closing after 10 years of business.

He said: “Due to the economic climate I’ve had to close. It’s a huge shame but unfortunately there’s no other option.”

The sale includes pictures, picture frames, ornaments, candles and much more.

Women’s clothes shop Annabelle’s of Stamford, in St Mary’s Street, has closed its doors. The store, which sold special occasion wear, only opened in May this year after moving into the unit which was previously Nancy French.

Bank Santander, the former Bradford and Bingley next to Cheyne Lane in High Street, is due to close on September 13. Staff and services will move to its other premises in High Street next to clothes shop White Stuff.

Pub and hotel The Oak Inn in Easton-on-the-Hill has also closed.

The venue is believed to have been in operation for more than 400 years. In 2008, landlord Graham Molden, and wife Sonja, held a party at the pub to celebrate its 400th anniversary.

Stamford boutique Chameleon, in St Mary’s Hill, has expanded its business to Oakham. A store has now opened in Mill Street.