Honiton: Lace Walk set for revival?

UP to three of the four empty shop units in Lace Walk, Honiton, are set to have new tenants in the near future.

UP to three of the four empty shop units in Lace Walk, Honiton, are set to have new tenants in the near future.

Clem Dobson Associates, which manages part of the shopping centre, has held positive talks with Honiton Town Council over the gloomy look of the area.

It has appointed new contractors to look after the centre, which is to be redecorated.

The Honiton Relief Sculpture is to go back on display, with the centre's unnamed owners paying for a vandal-proof screen.

The talks revealed that Marks and Spencer, which pulled out of Honiton last March, is still the leaseholder of the third largest unit in Lace Walk.

The lease has another four years to run, but M&S has told Clem Dobson Associates it is hopeful the unit would be sub-let in the near future.

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A former fudge shop and Lisa Maria's ex-premises are also believed to be let.

The former Age Concern shop is not managed by Clem Dobson Associates and there is no word on how long that is likely to remain empty.

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