Village looking up as business starts to grow
Costa and old favourite give a boost
VILLAGERS have forecast a promising year for trade after three businesses announced plans for the area.
Prime locations in the centre of Chalfont St Giles have been snapped up by businesses including a furniture shop and coffee shop.
Merlin’s Cave in The Green is being renovated and will re-open in the next few months, increasing hopes that the new ventures will boost visitor numbers while creating a buzzing atmosphere in the village.
Costa Coffee introduced 10 new jobs when it converted former pub The Crown last month. People can also drop into popular independent cafe The Deli nearby in The Green.
Traders group leader Garry Brown said: “We are very pleased with the way things are moving forward. The Crown is in a very central position and hopefully Costa will do well.
“From our side, the thing that we need to start pursuing is to maintain the free hour parking in Blizzards Yard car park which expires in March.”
Mr Brown is petitioning businesses to help fund the free hour parking.
Toby Smith will open his business St Giles Furniture next month after relocating it from London Road to the high street.
He said: “I think Costa is a fantastic thing for the village and really brings in the customers we are after.
“I just do not think enough people use the high street and because of that, the stuff being sold becomes a little bit more expensive. But I do think it will pick up now.
“The village also needs a good food pub which I think should happen with the re-opening of Merlin’s Cave.”
Parish councillor Sarah Long added: “There were two very prominent empty shops (the Crown and furniture shop).
“Physically, the village centre looks a lot better now and hopefully the Merlin’s Cave re-opening will draw more people to the village as well.
“Things are definitely looking up.”