Shop owner happy with warm welcome
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.”