Chamber chairman hopes new store opening can 'revive' Lace Walk

PUBLISHED: 14:53 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:53 11 August 2015

Honiton Mayor Caroline Kolec and Town Crier Dave Retter at the opening of the Honiton Techshop with Steve Smith and Luke Dolby. Ref mhh 1806-32-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Honiton Mayor Caroline Kolec and Town Crier Dave Retter at the opening of the Honiton Techshop with Steve Smith and Luke Dolby. Ref mhh 1806-32-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Tech Shop was opened by mayor Caroline Kolek at a sparkling launch in Lace Walk.

Colin Wright.Colin Wright.

The opening of a new shop in Honiton’s Lace Walk could prompt a revival of the popular pass-through.

That’s the hope of Colin Wright, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce.

He has heralded the opening of Honiton Tech Shop in Lace Walk as ‘absolutely fantastic’ for both Honiton and its community.

Speaking to the Herald, Mr Wright said: “I hope that this opening will spark a revival of Honiton’s Lace Walk.

“It is the main route into town and we have been trying to build up that area for a number of years.”

Mr Wright - alongside other chamber members - has always bemoaned the lack of shops in Lace Walk.

Despite efforts to fill the shops, several retail spaces have remained empty,.

More outlets have closed this year, leaving the precinct sparsely populated with trading shops - a problem that Mr Wright earlier this year said was ‘hurting Honiton’.

Mr Wright said that the store’s opening, on Tuesday, August 4, was a ‘breath of fresh air’, adding: “We are still trying to fill up the big shops in Lace Walk, but every little helps. By filling up this shop, we are adding another string to Honiton’s bow.”

Honiton Tech Shop is managed by Luke Dolby. It was opened by Honiton mayor Caroline Kolek at a sparkling launch in Lace Walk, which was also attended by town crier Dave Retter.

The store will offer a range of services, from phone and laptop repairs to buying and selling used goods,.

Mr Dolby said: “We wanted to move to Lace Walk because there a lot more people walking through.”

He said the rates were also attractive.

For more information, call 01404 549963 or visit www.honitontechshop.co.uk

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