Comings and goings: The shops which have appeared and disappeared from Norfolk high streets in 2017
- Credit: Nick Butcher
As a new report reveals the East of England lost more high-street shops than any other region in the first half of 2017, we take a look at a selection of the comings and goings.
READ MORE: East of England lost more high street shops than any other region in first half of 2017These are some of the shops which have appeared on – and disappeared from – Norfolk's high streets in the past year:
Budgens – branches of the grocer in Plumstead Road, Norwich and Watton were closed in February and March after the chain's owner, Food Retail Operations, put it into administration.
Store 21 – the fashion chain closed its shops in Sheringham, Thetford and Great Yarmouth after tough trading conditions hurt revenues.
Topshop, King's Lynn – the fashion store in the High Street shut in May, with Topshop saying it was ceasing trading in the town due to its lease expiring.
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St Nicholas Hospice Shop, Thetford – the charity moved out of its shop on Riverside Walk when the lease ended on June 30, citing a loss of government funding.
Argos, Thetford – following a deal with Sainsbury's to put concessions in its supermarkets, Argos closed its Riverside Walk shop and relocated to the Sainsbury's store on Forest Retail Park.
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Jones Bootmaker, Norwich – the footwear retailer closed its branch in Chapelfield, along with one in Ipswich, after a rescue deal resulted in several under-performing stores being shut.
Prelude Records, Norwich – after more than 30 years of trading this specialist classical music shop in St Giles Street – one of few remaining in the country – closed on March 30.
The Rock Collection, Norwich – the alternative clothing store in Lower Goat Lane, which began life as a market stall 35 years ago, shut its doors on March 30 to move its business solely online.
Aldi – the supermarket chain, which is taking a growing slice of the UK market, opened two new Norwich stores in the first half of the year in Drayton Road and Hall Road.
Co-op – another supermarket to increase its presence in the city, Co-op has opened a food store on Sprowston Road in the former Rush Lighting shop.
Kiko Milano – the Italian cosmetics brand moved into Chapelfield this autumn.
Café Gelato, Norwich – ice cream parlours are performing well nationally and Norwich is no exception, with the opening of Café Gelato on Opie Street a year ago.
Adcocks, Dereham – the Norfolk electronics company, based in Watton, took over the former Bennetts store in an amicable agreement with its former owners at the end of 2016.
I Just Wanna Candy - this sweet shop chain opened its second outlet in Great Yarmouth just last month, with the ribbon being cut by a lookalike of a character from the US TV show The Walking Dead.
Krispy Kreme – after customers queued for 10 hours when its Chapelfield store opened in September 2016, the doughnut chain opened a concession in Castle Mall in May.