Hucknall businesses in fight back

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Despite the town suffering from several significant shop closures in recent years, months and weeks - including the Nat West Bank departure, Bon Marche, Yeoman Army Stores and recent move by Fulton foods -the town is fighting back.

Three new businesses have opened their doors to the residents of Hucknall in the past few weeks bringing a fresh optimism to the town.

Floral Boutique is a new florist store on Baker Street, opposite the market square, now owned by Laura Ridley.

Laura originally went to work for the new businessowners but within a matter of weeks took over the helm.

“It is a dream come true for me,” said Laura. “I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

“I am a trained florist, live in Hucknall and I’m a mum of three so it’s ideal for me working locally and being my own boss.”

The shop has been open now about five weeks and is attracting passing trade.

“We are still finding our feet as there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to the busier days yet and the market doesn’t seem to make an impact,” added Laura. “It’s a tricky location as many people don’t come around the corner which is why we have put a sign near the lights to try and draw them down here.

“I have already received some wedding orders and hopefully word will get around that I am here. I have also just booked some advertising.

“It’s about letting people know I am here, providing a high quality service at competitive prices with a personal touch - you don’t get that at the supermarket.”

Le Belle Nails and Beauty is also based on Baker Street and opened for business in June.

Nicola Warren is the owner and she has employed two full time staff to meet the demand for her treatments.

“I came to Hucknall because I know the town as I lived here for a while,” explained Nicola who isn’t new to running her own business. “I wanted to bring something different not just beauty but more of a spa feel.

“My aim is to bring personal, customised treatments to meet individual needs and get to know our clients.

“It is about becoming friends yet remaining professional.”

Nicola wants to do more than just run her businesses here in Hucknall but become part of the community she is here to serve.

“We already have plans to run the Macmillan Coffee Morning here and we will be running charity raffles at the shop. “And we have already contributed a prize to the Air Ambulance charity.

“The community is supporting us so we will support them,” added Nicola. “We are doing really well already - they have gone mad over us and I hope it continues.

“We offer something different and I’m passionate about the business and so are my staff.I hope we are here to stay.”

Long-standing business Total Look celebrated their 10th anniversary earlier this year and have just expanded their beauty business next door.

“It has been empty three years and the only offers came from charities wanting to open up which we didn’t want,” said Thanh Thorne who runs the business with husband Chris who is chairman of the I Love Hucknall group. “We decided to expand what we do and open a shop for men.”

Currently the shop offers a barber service from Greg Harrison and will be adding Tom Watts to the team soon.

“We will soon be offering traditional hot shaves as well as pedicures and manicures,” added Thanh. “But times are challenging with many people going to Bulwell for free parking we need to find a way to get them back to Hucknall.

“We need more support from the council.”