Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting MG NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Empty shop to find a new role
11:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
THE town centre retail experience in Ledbury is to get an autumn boost with the launch of a “multi-unit shopping experience” in the premises of the former Eager Electrical store.
The conversion of the rambling Homend building is the brainchild of Martin Eager and his mother Margaret.
Mr Eager said: “This will be a major boost for the Homend. There have been 25 enquiries or so in the last couple of weeks.”
There will be 16 units in total, and prospective tenants are being shown round by New Street estate agent John Goodwin.
Eager Electrical closed down in the autumn of 2011 after being run as a family business for 53 years.
Mr Eager made efforts to sell the building as one undivided concern and in 2012 he engaged in talks with the pub chain JD Wetherspoon, but these petered out.
Further attempts to sell the empty premises came to nothing. Mr Eager said: “The shop was too big to sell. No one wanted it.”
Now, with potential business tenants interested, the situation could not be more different.
The news has been welcomed by Annette Crowe, chairman of the Ledbury Traders’ Association and a Homend trader herself as the owner of the jewellery shop Past and Present.
She said: “This will be a welcome boost for the town, and it’s great for people who want to try out a business because for starting a business a small unit is absolutely ideal because it’s on a small scale.
“It’s looking very smart already, and hopefully it will provide the businesses that the town needs.”
Comments are closed on this article.