More empty shops in Uckfield High Street are set to be filled.
Commercial agents, Lawson Commercial announced:
Jeweller George Moss has bought the freehold of 140 High Street, which has just been vacated by Noble Wines, after switching its operation to the top of the town.
Lawson Commercial said simultaneously it had let the old Freeman Forman premises at 242-244 High Street to Noble Wines for its new wine shop.
Lawson Commercial partner Chris Lawson said: ‘This was a very complex series of interlinked transactions which took some 12 months to reach a satisfactory completion.
“We needed the co-operation and forbearance of a number of landlords and along the way there were several glitches.
“We had to simultaneously negotiate a sale of the freehold of 140 High Street together with a surrender of the Noble Wine lease and link this with the acquisition of Noble Wines’ new premises at 244-244 High Street.
“Finally, this was all brought to a conclusion right at the end of the last day of the tax year as required by one of the parties.”
Mr Lawson said the proprietor of Noble Wines, Charles Mears Lamb, felt this move would be a good one for his business as it “gave him a much better window frontage, and he is able to make use once again of free car parking in the lay-by immediately outside his new shop, a facility that he lost outside his old shop when the pavements were widened and the parking reduced last year. Already works are in hand to improve the premises for its new role”.
After a comprehensive refurbishment George Moss will be opening a new larger jewellery store at 140 High Street.
Mr Lawson said a letting has been agreed on 41 High Street, previously All Wrapped Up, for some time but the legal process “once again seems to be taking forever but we are hopeful that a gift shop will be reopening there very shortly”.
He also announced that a letting had been agreed for 2 Post Office Court, the former Marguerite’s Antiques & Collectables, within two weeks of taking instructions.
An enhanced rent has been agreed and solicitors are instructed, “so hopefully this will go through speedily to provide another new business in the town”.
Mr Lawson commented: “There is plenty of demand for shops in Uckfield High Street at the moment and we would welcome some more premises to market.
“We have got a number of unsatisfied enquiries looking for good quality premises in the busy trading part of the High Street so if anyone is thinking of moving do please contact us on 01825 764488.”
News of these changes follows our report earlier in the week that the former Fun-Net Café has been let and is to become a vintage tea room and that the former Online Coffee, near the railway station, is being readied for re-opening with a new look.
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