New to Nailsea - Store Twenty One and Waitrose

New to Nailsea - Store Twenty One and Waitrose

A new store has opened in a vacant shop unit in Nailsea.

Nailsea Town Council chairman, Councillor Rod Lees, cut the ribbon to officially open fashion and homewares store, Store Twenty One.

Dozens of shoppers eagerly queued outside the shop, which is the chain's 251st branch to open in the UK.

The retailer – which has spent more than £100,000 on fitting out the unit – announced earlier this month that it had taken on the former Ethel Austin store in Somerset Square. Ethel Austin closed in February after the fashion chain and its sister brand, Au Naturele, went into administration.

The opening of Store Twenty One comes days after Waitrose announced it has struck a deal with the Co-operative Group to take over Somerfield in the town centre. The supermarket will close in August for a multimillion-pound refit and open later this autumn.

Business and community leaders said the news that new stores were keen to open in Nailsea was good.

The town has lost a number of stores over the past 18 months including Rosebury's, Shoe Fayre and Woolworths.

The new store has created 12 new full and part-time jobs.

Mr Lees said: "With all the doom and gloom in the country with the budget and the recession it is amazing that new stores are opening in Nailsea. The more stores we have, the more people we can attract to shop here and this is something that the town council, chamber of trade and the owners of the town centre are keen to encourage."

Store Twenty One regional manager, Alison Hunt, said: "The demise of Ethel Austin gave us a great opportunity to open in Nailsea. It's exactly the type of town we want to be in and we are very optimistic about our future here. We are delighted with the response from customers and it was great to see people waiting for us to open."

Nailsea mum of three Sarah Smith, 25, was one of the first people through the doors of Store Twenty One and said: "The childrens' clothes are well priced and of a good quality. This is just the sort of shop that Nailsea needs and I think there is a good variety of goods on offer."

Nailsea Chamber of Trade and Commerce president Gilly Chu said: "The fact that new businesses are coming to Nailsea is fantastic news."


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Published 05 July 2010