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What independent shops would you like to have locally?

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Bananajam Sun 01-Nov-20 11:29:58

We have a row of new build shops with flats above that have just been completed. What type of shop would you like to have open up? We already have several restaurants, pubs, a gift shop, a clothes shop, a bakery, deli, post office/newsagent, two hairdressers and an off licence.

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mamapants Sun 01-Nov-20 11:59:44

Running shop.
Book shop.

nosswith Sun 01-Nov-20 12:50:55

Dry cleaners?

weepingwillow22 Sun 01-Nov-20 14:00:51

Butchers, greengrocers, hardware store

midsomermurderess Sun 01-Nov-20 15:27:17

A hardware store, so you don't have to schlep out to some godawful retail estate. A decent greengrocer and fishmonger too.

Foxyloxy1plus1 Sun 01-Nov-20 16:23:34

In a local town centre, they built apartments and town houses with three shops underneath. One is a high end clothes shop selling woollen scarves, coats, blankets and so on, another is a cocktail bar and the third has never been let in the four years since it was built. A pop up greengrocers that was there for a little while, on the other hand, did really well.

Gingerkittykat Sun 01-Nov-20 16:30:59

An Asian supermarket, a fishmonger, nice coffee shop where you can lounge on sofas, read and get a decent bite to eat.

Bananajam Sun 01-Nov-20 17:09:33

A really good greengrocer would work well for me but we have a very posh deli/greengrocer which I think will put people off. A fishmonger would be good, as would a hardware store. All better than the first suggestion on our local Facebook group which was a vape shop confused

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VenusClapTrap Sun 01-Nov-20 17:15:30

Fishmonger or quality butcher.

Imissmoominmama Sun 01-Nov-20 17:16:56

An outdoor gear shop. A bike shop. A book shop/art gallery.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Sun 01-Nov-20 21:30:11

A fantastic, crammed hardware store, like the one near my dd. He not only has absolutely everything, he knows exactly where to find it. Things are often cheaper than in bigger shops, too.

TheFormerPorpentinaScamander Sun 01-Nov-20 21:33:15

A yarn/fabric shop run by people who "know their stuff". IE can recommend substitute yarns for patterns when they don't have what you need.

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Bellesavage Sun 01-Nov-20 21:37:15

Toy shop. One that sells a mix, not an i-saw-you-coming wooden only toy shop or a plastic tat toy shop, one that offers a bit of both and let's kids touch and try stuff

Osquito Sun 01-Nov-20 21:43:32

The dream: Bookshop (though I know these find it hard to do well) that is also a bit of a local art gallery/evening events space (book group meetings where you can have a glass of wine, occasional children’s special story time session, private talks events...)

reluctantbrit Sun 01-Nov-20 22:21:14

no waste shop so, unpacked pasta, rice, fruit and vegetables, refill-station for cleaning supplies. If they also sell milk and dairy in glass bottles/jars that would be even better.
Bookshop like @Osquito says
toy/stationary/gift shop, especially one who has toys out to check and let children play with

RumJerrySailorRum Sun 01-Nov-20 22:36:33

A cheesemonger. With someone who actually knows their stuff about cheese!

You say you have a deli, but I find a lot of them sadly lacking, so a really decent one.

A haberdashery, our local ish one has closed and everyone is missing it.

A really nice florist.

An old fashioned sweet shop.

FrancesFlute Sun 01-Nov-20 22:40:17

I can't think what they're called but a zero waste shop? Where you take your own containers for dry goods etc. There's one about 10 mins drive from me, but it doesn't look like it has a car park and is on a main road so I've been put off going.

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