As we head into the last part of 2017 and towards Big Tree Night (Wed.13th Dec) we can say it has been a challenging year for our High Street traders.
The last bank in the High Street has closed for ever and a new supermarket about to replace our stalwart Budgens.
I personally want to thank Budgens for all the years of service they have given Shepperton – our oldest supermarket in modern times – and I wish the franchise well with its other stores.
Sainsbury’s will take over before the end of the year and we welcome them to Shepperton. There have been other changes on the High Street over this year; Aziatics closed as a retail shop and have gone online. The site has just become the new Mocha D. There is a new flats development on Thurlesdon Parade and a new Mobile Phone shop has opened up at the cross roads. Contrary to rumour McAteer’s Opticians is not closing. Theas this rumour is causing loss of business.
So, although there have been some changes, Shepperton High Street is still the vibrant centre of the village, especially in comparison with many of our neighbouring towns and villages. Let’s keep it that way!
We also have our very pro-active Post Office that can …and is .. picking up many of our erstwhile banks’ functions – and we certainly don’t suffer from a lack of ATM machines… for your; cash. The most important message remains
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL HIGH STREET. It can only survive by YOU – the Residents – using it for your shopping needs..
We have a fantastic range of local, individual shops – our Butchers (two); Greengrocers; Bakery; Chemist shops, Flower Shop, Opticians (two), Newsagents, Card Shop, Hardware Store, Carpet Shop, Sports Shop, Ladies fashion shop, Dry Cleaners, Cobblers, Car Accessories, Betting shops, Double Glazing ….. and many others.
Also, we have Hairdressers, Nail Bars, Restaurants and Cafes/Coffee Shops … almost everything you would ever want for a lively and healthy High Street scene.
So, get behind them and help them to serve YOU. You know it makes sense!!
by Carl Philips