Traders’ joy after parade of shops come back to life

Simply Lush Sandwich shop and Sussex Bridal Services, some of the shops re-opening along the parade of shops on Willingdon Road, E25221P'(L to R): Sussex Bridal Services Andrew Jelley, Jenifer Ottley, Simply Lush Sandwich shop Amanda McVay and Mathew Love
Simply Lush Sandwich shop and Sussex Bridal Services, some of the shops re-opening along the parade of shops on Willingdon Road, E25221P'(L to R): Sussex Bridal Services Andrew Jelley, Jenifer Ottley, Simply Lush Sandwich shop Amanda McVay and Mathew Love

A parade of empty shops has been given a new lease of life after several businesses opened their doors in the last few weeks.

The row of shops in Willingdon Road was in need of a face-lift after a number of traders closed their doors but recently three premises have opened for business, with a fourth set to open next week.

The news has been welcomed by the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd.

He said, “It’s absolutely fantastic what has happened on the Upperton parade of shops.

“That row of shops has faced a challenge over the years so it’s great to hear that new shops have opened for business.

“This is absolutely brilliant and demonstrates once again the value that local residents put on small shops but equally how Eastbourne continues to buck the economic trend.”

Amanda McVay, owner of the Simply Lush sandwich shop, said the unit she is in had been empty for five years.

It was previously an antiques shop and has now been split into two premises - the sandwich shop and Sussex Bridal Services.

Mrs McVay, who runs the sandwich shop with her brother and opened to the public on May 27, said, “It’s something I have wanted to do for the past 10 years and I’ve now found it’s the right time of life to do it.

“Our motto is northern prices at Southern comfort. We’re open and doing deliveries and we’re having good feedback off the locals.”

The row of shops is already home to businesses including a Premier store and hairdressers and as well as the new sandwich shop and the bridal shop opening recently, a beauticians is also new to the scene and a cafe is set to open its doors next week.