A COMMERCIAL property company says Chester is showing “extraordinary resilience” to the recession with 15 new retailers arriving since the beginning of August.
Latest additions include Pandora jewellery in Northgate Street, which opened at the beginning of the month in place of the former French bakery and coffee house Cafe ‘fb’.
Opposite, Bodycare has taken a temporary lease on premises previously occupied by The Works which relocated to Frodsham Street. Small candle store, Yankee has also opened.
Shop fitting is currently underway to create a Wombat clothing store in the former Karen Millen outlet while high class chocolatier Hotel Chocolat is taking the place of what was tea and coffee merchant, Whittard of Chelsea. Both will be ready in time for the Christmas trade.
Daniel Wild, of Wild Commercial Property, who was involved in three of the lettings on Northgate Street, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to help such high quality retailers open in Chester in such a difficult financial climate.”
Mr Wild added: “While this in no way suggests the recession is over, it is excellent that Chester is bucking the trend and can continue to attract quality retailers in difficult times.”
In Foregate Street new shops include Republic and Holland and Barratt’s second shop with Primark due to open in the former Woolworths early in the new year.
Also open for business are women’s clothes stores Chesca, Eastgate Street, and Fenn Wright Manson, Watergate Street.
Newcomers in Bridge Street include home furnishings store Beau Perry, Italian Leather specialists Eduardo Pelle, Urchin Clothing and Cachet Lingerie.