Caffe Nero has confirmed it is hoping to open a coffee house in Uckfield. Rumour is they could come to Stead & Simpson once the shoe shop has closed.

Caffe Nero is negotiating to come to Uckfield

Caffe Nero the Italian-style coffee house has confirmed it is interested in moving to a site in Uckfield.

A spokesperson for the chain said: “We are indeed looking at a site in Uckfield although we’re still in the early stages of negotiation and so nothing is confirmed at present.”

There are rumours Caffe Nero is interested in the premises currently occupied by the Stead and Simpson shoe shop on the corner of High Street with Bell Lane. Stead and Simpson confirmed at the end of last year that they are closing down but said they didn’t have a date.

Other businesses are interested in coming to Uckfield too. Chris Lawson of Lawson Commercial said a deal for the former Corbins is in the hands of solicitors and there is interest in the empty former furniture shop in the Bell Walk precinct.

He said there was interest too in the shop next door to Uckfield Electrics – they recently cut back on the space they occupied leaving a new shop available.

Mr Lawson said New Waves hairdressers were also planning to move to a different shop in town.

Uckfield Post Office is now inside WHSmith. See our pictures taken on the day it opened here. Everybody is waiting to see who will come to the old Post Office building. It is understood the Post Office used to lease the premises having sold the building some years shops open again

It’s good to see that shops, in the section of the High Street badly damaged by fire last year, have now re-opened.

Elsewhere in the High Street traders are marking special events such as Valentine’s Day or gearing up for Spring.

There are pretty gift ideas too at Joli Couture where a French range of fragranced ceramics and soaps is proving popular. Spring clothing is also starting to come in.

At the Bell Walk Emporium and Sew n Sew in the Market Hall there are lots of Valentine’s cards to choose from.

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Latest steam irons at the Bell Walk Emporium and Sew n Sew.

If you call in there make sure you look at their latest range of steam irons. Lydia Brown, who owns the shop with husband Trevor, says that anyone trying these steam generator steam irons, which come with their own separate reservoir of water, would never switch back.

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Part of the homeware section at the Bell Walk Emporium.

She says they are much more efficient than traditional steam irons. For people who prefer to iron sitting down there are steam presses too.

Displays are constantly changing at Sew n Sew. Our picture shows the expanding homeware section.

At the other end of town at Limelight, the dance and gymwear shop, there are half price tankinis, bikinis and swimming trunks.

And if you mention there is a special 20% off deal on gymwear especially for you. This offer will run until Saturday, February 15.

Winter clothing – including ski jackets – is still available in a sale at PipeDreams the snow, ski and surf shop.

Ski-wear hire has been going well there, partly due to more people going skiing over Christmas rather than in the half term holiday and partly because it saves money to hire rather than buy, according to David Hobbs who runs the shop with his wife Julie.

The latest menu at Hartfields Produce Store includes hot and sour pork and rhubarb noodles and Moroccan Chachouka – a North African pepper and tomato dish with a poached egg on top.

Sourdough artisan bread is now available every day and weekly home deliveries of vegetable boxes remain popular. Fortnightly deliveries and one-offs can also be arranged.

Coming soon to Hartfields will be the shop’s own brand of coffee. Owner James Hartfield says he is working with a Horsham company to choose the blend of beans and roasting temperature that will create the taste he is looking for.

He is looking for a ‘modern’ blend of coffee – being increasingly found in new coffee houses in London – as opposed to the traditional bitter blends.

It will have more flavour coming through of nuts, cherries and chocolate and be sweeter. It can be strong but without leaving behind a bitter taste.

Handbags are being snapped up at Pilgrim at the moment. Prices range from £24 to £35.

Wild Planet candles and diffusers are selling well and new jewellery will be going on display soon.  Spring ranges of clothing are expected to start coming in during February.

Pilgrim handbags

Handbags at Pilgrim.

See also:

Business Scene, February 2014

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New Uckfield Post Office opens

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