Return to occupancy levels not seen for years


Felicity Ralfs

Three new shops opened in Nailsea’s Crown Glass Shopping Centre at the weekend, marking a return to occupancy levels not seen there for many years.

Mark Robinson of Ellandi, the landlords, is hopeful that the centre could be fully let by Christmas.

He comments: “With just a few vacant shop units left we are considerably outperforming the average national High Street.”

Peter Waring opened the Occasions shop in the former Clinton Cards store in Colliers Walk and Felicity Ralfs opened her independent Butterfly Travel agency in Crown Glass Place.

Completing the trio of new arrivals was the Partysmartys shop of Fran Hunt, one of the winners of the centre’s Win a Shop competition.

Ian Thompson of letting agents Thompson Commercial said: “I have been working with Crown Glass for the past six years and during that time have never seen the centre this full before.

“The economy is picking up and there is increasing confidence among entrepreneurs that the time is now right to get into business.

“Also, the Win a Shop competition has definitely helped put the focus on to Nailsea as a vibrant place to do business.”