Longridge is bucking the national trend of dwindling high streets as more new businesses move into the town and take up any trading slack.
Several new businesses have come into town and the situation has been warmly welcomed by the chairwoman of Longridge Business Group, Carole Hart.
She said “It is heartwarming to see our town is still attracting new businesses.
“I hope that we can continue to fight off the recession and keep our streets alive and buzzing.
”New shops are so important to keep a town’s community spirit alive, to keep our residents supplied, happy and in work, and our visitors interested enough to keep coming back.”
She welcomed the newcomers, wishing them many years of happy trading with the hope of seeing them joining the business group.
Two already members are Andrew and Sarah Mclean, who have opened ASM Computers on Derby Road.
Longridge residents and with separate skills in computers and photography, they are very pleased to have seen custom growing since opening.
Another couple, Max Roberts and Hayley Richards, who have just got engaged, are now running the Quench Cafe and Bar on Berry Lane. They were formerly bar and entertainment managers at Beacon Fell View caravan park and their plans are to bring back the cafe and home-made produce at Quench during the day with it being a relaxed atmosphere bar in the evenings.
The owner of Voodoo Interiors, Mark Ford, welcomed more than 400 customers in the first eight days after opening in the former Spar premises.
And students Chelsea Maloney and Shannon Callaghan are in charge of the new Miss Xclusive for the owners, the Nabeela family. Watch out also for news of the new pet care and sweet shops – and possibly a cafe planned for a former architect’s office in Berry Lane,