GRANTHAM’S future is growing brighter as three empty shops are taken over by new businesses.
The large premises in Westgate, formerly occupied by retailer H. H. Cox, is to become a lighting and furniture store called The Light House. Owners Sue Robinson and Graham Richie plan to open the store on November 5.
They will provide traditional and modern lighting, along with contemporary and rustic furniture from the Netherlands such as mirrors and bedside tables.
Sue said: “We’re both so excited, my parents used to own a lighting shop called The Lighting Centre and we’re carrying on the tradition.”
Already opened are fancy dress shop Cinderella’s and Yola’s Coffee Bar, both in London Road.
Cinderella’s opened on October 8, and is owned by Kay Warburton, who lives in Grantham and is very excited about the prospects of her new business.
She provides costumes for amateur dramatics groups and also sells dance wear for ballet, tap and gymnastics.
Yola’s Coffee Bar opened on October 15 offering a range of hot and cold drinks, and cold food such as home-made bread, salads and sandwiches, plus a small variety of Eastern European foods.
The bar will also feature a dance area.
Owner Yolanta Kowalska said: “We hope to see many different faces at the bar. I see Grantham as my home now and love the people here.”
Another new shop which opened this month is The Boutique, in Guildhall Street, which sells clothing and accessories.
South Kesteven District Council’s portfolio holder for economic development Councillor Frances Cartwright said she is “thrilled” new businesses are coming to Grantham.