Two more retailers have now begun trading on the eastern side of High Street – from the three storey premises recently built on the site of the old Barclay & Cook convenience store.
The new arrivals are actually well established businesses already – expanding their offer into Ruddington village centre – namely Wolds Kitchens and Interiors and Tomlinson Estates. Both will be competing against similar, existing traders – nevertheless have decided there is sufficient demand in our ever growing village to accommodate their services, too.
Wolds Kitchens and Interiors is run by Jonathan Banks and Mark Cavell and the business started life as ‘Discount Kitchens Limited’ in March 2011 before moving more upmarket and acquiring its current name in 2013; also reflecting the company’s base at Stanton-on-the-Wolds. They specialise in designing and manufacturing “superior quality kitchens” – some examples of which can be seen on display inside their brand new Ruddington showroom at 7, High Street (below).
“We know what you’re thinking…” says property manager Georgia Hohmann of Tomlinson’s Estates “…not another Estate Agents! But we are really excited to be the fifth. It shows that Ruddington clearly has a lot of potential, and we are excited to contribute to your community.”
Georgia is one of two team members based at the new 9, High Street branch – which is in addition to their original office at Lenton. This was established by the Tomlinson family in 2002, primarily to specialise in the many student properties there – offering lettings, sales and management. Georgia will be working alongside sales and office manager Joe Hammond, who’s been with the company for seven years. “Joe’s the expert when it comes to property sales, especially investment property. I’m a new recruit, having joined Tomlinson’s two months’ ago, but Joe’s a great teacher and it’s a really exciting time to join the team.”
Both agree that Ruddington’s special sense of community really appealed to them. From the many, independent small businesses on our High Street to the overall feel of the village, it swayed their decision to locate a new branch here. “PLUS there are some great places for lunch!” laughs Georgia. “Honestly, we have felt so welcomed by everyone so far. It has been incredible how many people have already popped in to ask us questions and say ‘hello’. Please keep coming in!”
As these two further businesses open up in our village centre, we’ve also said a sad goodbye to a couple of long established traders during the past couple of months…
Firstly, back in October, Alex Hyndes decided to move his sShokwave Bikes business from 13, Church Street to new premises in Cropwell Bishop. This leaves another vacant unit next to the already disused former Ruddington Village Butchers shop, which closed last year.
Secondly, Aidy Lane has just shut his barber’s business on Dutton’s Hill. A notice on the door of his former shop reveals “Aidy’s Barbershop is no longer trading and is closed permanently. I would like to thank all my customers over the many years.” It’s thought the whole of the 18, Wilford Road building currently being up for sale by online auction – and therefore facing a rather uncertain future – may be behind Aidy’s rather sudden and unexpected departure.
The good news for residents and visitors is that the services formerly offered by these businesses are still available within our village from other, similar retailers.
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