Vil­lage look­ing up as business starts to grow

Costa and old favourite give a boost

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

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.”

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