Wilmslow town centre is on the up as a number of new businesses have taken over empty premises in recent weeks.
Amongst those that opened this month is Aroma, an Indian takeaway on Grove Street. The owners Syed Kabir and Foysal Ahmed welcomed the Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council, Keith Purdom, his wife Lesley Purdom, Cllr Christopher Dodson and Cllr Ian Ferguson to their opening ceremony.
Councillor Purdom said "I am delighted to be invited to open this latest new business in Wilmslow on behalf of the Town Council. The Town council is very supportive of the business community in general and the retail sector is a vital part of making the town the vibrant welcoming place it is."
He added "We have seen a number of new businesses open recently and the reduced number of empty retail units gives me confidence that Wilmslow is bucking the national trend in retailing in town centres. I wish Aroma every success in their new business venture and thank them for choosing to make Wilmslow their new home."
Councillor Purdom officially opened a new wine shop on Saturday 17th October, which has created five new jobs in the town. The launch of Wine Rack on Alderley Road was attended by celebrity chef Nigel Brown who was carrying out some cooking demonstrations.
Cllr Purdom said "I'm delighted to formally open Wine Rack. The vibrancy of our town might be measured by the demand for retail premises – it's a pleasure to welcome Wine Rack to join our excellent existing retail community and I wish them every success.
"Even to my layman eyes there was a very wide range available, with plenty of interesting wines from both the traditional regions and some that are new to me."
New hair and beauty salon Lusso, launched by model and businesswoman Marilena Nitu, also opened its doors on Saturday, 17th October. Marilena hosted a launch party a few days earlier where guests included BBC presenter and children's author, Clare Nasir, who lives in Wilmslow with her husband, Radio 6 DJ Chris Hawkins.
Guest enjoyed champagne, canapés and a range of complimentary treatments, including manicures, pedicures, facials and massages, as well as contemporary hair 'up-do's.
A new healthy eating cafe Nourish recently opened at Bank Square in the premises previously occupied by Hawthorn Deli. Having set up in Altrincham in April 2014, Thomas Thornley Groves has partnered with his friend James Cumbes to expand Nourish after realising they had found a niche in the market.
Another new addition to the town centre this month is the Cheshire Watch Company which has opened on the corner of Alderley Road and Water Lane, having relocated from Manchester city centre. Customers can expect to find diamond jewellery and pre owned watches with brands ranging from Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Panerai and much more.
Christian the Watch expert of the company said "When the property in Wilmslow came available it was to good of an opportunity to turn down, to bring our contemporary high end pieces to the village."
New shops that opened in the summer include discount retailer The Works, located on Grove Street, and the James Lakeland women's clothing boutique which is located on Alderley Road in the premises previously occupied by The Big Blue fish and chip shop.
As well as the new arrivals, Bang & Olufsen relocated from Bank Square to their larger more modern showroom on Alderley Road, which is based on the company's new sensory store concept, and Hoopers is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.
The opening, and unfortunate closing, of businesses in Wilmslow is always of much interest to our readers so we will keep you informed of new developments as we hear of them.