Comings and goings: The shops which have appeared and disappeared from Norfolk high streets in 2017

Negan lookalike from TV show The Walking Dead opens the new 'I Just Wanna Candy' sweet shop in Marke

Negan lookalike from TV show The Walking Dead opens the new 'I Just Wanna Candy' sweet shop in Market Gates shopping centre, Yarmouth. Negan lookalike from The Walking Dead with with Sue Greenwood and Donna Ioannou. Picture: Nick Butcher - 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.

Andrew Cane who is closing Prelude Records after 30 years. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Andrew Cane who is closing Prelude Records after 30 years. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

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:

CLOSURES

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.

OPENINGS

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.

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