Tuesday, August 28, 2012

News: Hamby's new store opens on Rotherham's High Street


A new store has opened as part of a heritage-led regeneration scheme on the High Street in Rotherham town centre.

Local entrepreneur and retailer, Chris Hamby has opened an outlet for ladies and gents footwear, handbags and leather goods at 19 High Street with the Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Dave Pickering performing the official opening ceremony.

Last September, Chris announced ambitious plans for a complex of mixed-used retail outlets focusing on listed buildings.

The plan is backed by a £750,000 long term capital finance loan from Rotherham Council that has secured £677,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for additional, much needed works to the listed buildings.

Hamby's own store at the top of the High Street, which already has undergone a £250,000 renovation, will now become Hambys Gift shop and Antiques centre.

Chris Hamby said: "I am very excited to be opening this new store. It is much larger, brighter and more modern and I am sure our many loyal customers and friends old and new will be delighted when visiting the shop.

"It is proof of our belief in Rotherham as a vibrant town, and I want to thank customers, our hardworking staff, Rotherham Council and Rotherham Chamber for their good wishes, support and encouragement."

Tim O'Connell, business and retail investment manager for Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO), added: "It is great news for both customers and other retailers that an established business like Hamby's is expanding in the town and particularly pleasing to see these superb historic shop units in High Street brought back into use.

"Growing our range of quality, independent specialist retailers such as Hamby's and encouraging customers to "shop local" is an essential part of the work underway to re-vitalise Rotherham town centre.

"I am glad that we have been able to assist Chris in bringing his plans to fruition and our recent success with the Portas Pilot scheme will allow us to rollout new initiatives to encourage more people to follow in Chris' footsteps."

Of the four further buildings that Chris is restoring, three are the subject of letters of intent from prospective tenants and scaffolding will soon be erected on the "Three Cranes" building and the former Alfonso's Italian Restaurant – ready for the restoration works to begin.

Work has also already started on the currently hidden George Wright building – with a view to its opening as a pub and restaurant in May 2013.

Hamby's website

Images: RiDO


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