New store for ‘eyesore parade’

Terminus Road, Eastbourne opposite railway station showing empty and fire damaged shops. September 21st 2011 E38057M

Terminus Road, Eastbourne opposite railway station showing empty and fire damaged shops. September 21st 2011 E38057M

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PART of an Eastbourne eyesore is to have a new lease of life.

The former Threshers off-licence in the parade of shops in Terminus Road, opposite the railway station, has been sold and is to re-open as a Premier store.

It has been bought by a company which already runs another convenience store in nearby Station Parade.

Retail experts say it will be a huge boost for the parade which suffered a series of blazes and was branded an eyesore. The stretch of Terminus Road between Gildredge Road and Grove Road had six empty shops and there were three fires there within the past 18 months.

Harrisons sandwich shop, Britanicus jewellery shop and the Lounge Bar were gutted by fire and surrounding shops have sat empty.

Earlier this year Harrisons re-opened and with the sale of the former Threshers shop, retailers in the area hope things will improve at what is seen as the gateway to Eastbourne.