Every outlet full as buoyant Hayle bucks trading trend
IN RECENT years the recession has seen the high street suffer in many Cornish towns, with empty shops notable across the county.
Hayle, however, seems to be bucking the trend with every outlet full and three ventures opening in the town centre within the past two weeks.
At a time when the future of the high street is uncertain, mayor, Jayne Ninnes, said it is a welcome sign that Hayle is still attracting new business.
Mrs Ninnes said free parking, a range of independent traders and a focus on the local community has ensured that customers come to the town to shop.
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She added: "The strength and uniqueness of the offer and vibrancy of the town attracts traders. There's a buoyancy to the high street. Two or three businesses are waiting for bigger premises to turn up. As soon as a shop is empty another opens up."
A property development agency, a deli and a craft printing store have all capitalised on recently vacated properties on the high street.
Abode Property Agents, is the latest business to be opened by Mrs Ninnes.
Partners Sarah Shearer and Emma Jarvis, who between them have been in the property business for more than 20 years, believe the location of their premises on Fore Street gives them the busy central location they were looking for.
The two held an open day last month to launch their business and were surprised by the welcome they received.
Miss Jarvis said: "The support has overwhelmed us. The amount of people who have encouraged us to do it, including residents and businessmen, has been phenomenal."
Despite being surrounded by other estate agents in Hayle, the pair insist that Abode Property Agents has something unique to offer.
Miss Jarvis added: "We pride ourselves on relationships we build with people we come into contact with. We are independent. I think we offer a slightly more personalised service."
The company has already had clients from as far afield as America and New Zealand interested in its services.
Other new retailers have spoken of a similar welcome they have received.
Sara Nevitt, owner of Foundry Fruit, Veg and Deli, has opened a shop outside Pratt's Market in what was previously a greengrocer's for more than 40 years.
The company, formerly known as Nature Kitchen, has increased its products adding fruit, veg, bread and jams to its assortment of spices and herbs. Since opening last month, Mrs Nevitt said the business has been busier than expected and the range of shops on the high street is a big attraction for the town.
Mrs Nevitt said: "I just love the fact that Hayle has got so many independent shops and I love being part of that community. We know how important it is that local people support each other."
Meritorious, a printing, card and craft business has also recently taken on new premises on Penpol Terrace, moving from its previous location at the indoor market.
Following its opening last week owner Rob Taft said, at a time when there is a real positive vibe for business in Hayle, moving on to the high street was the best decision they could have made.
"We needed to take the business a notch up. We would like to be well known to more people. What has been amazing is the goodwill we have had. It's been quite remarkable," said Mr Taft. Since opening two years ago, the business has been growing steadily and now offers printing for more than 90 items.
Mr Taft said the business is unique because it offers personalised Hayle-printed products, popular with tourists and local residents.