Shop owner happy with warm wel­come

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

CHAL­FONT St Pe­ter vil­lagers have been hailed by the owner of a shop who re­cently moved her busi­ness to the vil­lage.

He­len Gil­bert, who owns the fran­chise of a branch of the na­tional chain Sevenoaks Sound and Vi­sion in High Street with her hus­band, ap­plauded res­i­dents for their wel­com­ing and friendly na­ture.

The shop opened for busi­ness on Tues­day Septem­ber 1, hav­ing moved from nearby Chor­ley­wood in Hert­ford­shire at the end of Au­gust, and Mrs Gil­bert said she al­ready feels it was a good idea.

“It’s been a very wel­com­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said. “Lots of peo­ple have been com­ing and chat­ting with us, and we feel it was a good move.”

The cou­ple, who live in Rick­mansworth, were based in Wat­ford for 20 years be­fore mov­ing to Chor­ley­wood, but then had to look for a new shop af­ter their land­lord de­cided he wanted a dif­fer­ent op­tion for his prop­erty.

It was then that they ‘cast their net a bit fur­ther’ and even­tu­ally landed in the ‘invit­ing’ unit in Chal­font St Pe­ter.

Mrs Gil­bert said she feels close to her clients due to the tight-knit na­ture of com­mu­nity in the vil­lage.

She added: “We still think of it as be­ing lo­cal peo­ple, and un­der­stand­ing the lo­cal­ity. That’s quite nice be­cause you are close to your clients. You have nowhere to hide.

“We’ve had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse. We’ve had many peo­ple com­ing in and ex­press­ing their plea­sure that we’re open, and ask­ing us to help them with what­ever they want help with, and other peo­ple talk­ing to us about the par­tic­u­lar projects they’re work­ing on.

“We’ve got quite a few of those projects on the go, so that’s good.”

But Mrs Gil­bert is not ready to start think­ing about the fu­ture just yet.

“Re­lo­cat­ing a shop is no easy task,” she added.

“I’ll get through Christ­mas be­fore I think about where next.”

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