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Latest on Former Hughes Store

Kathryn Cross Published: 17 April 2023

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Hughes Shop Front with pavement and Market Cross

Significant investment is being made in the former Hughes Electrical shop in the centre of Wymondham but the identity of the new tenant is being kept under wraps for now.

The shop at 41 Market Street has been empty since the store closed at the end of January last year and there has been much speculation that a new tenant had been found with various names suggested.

But the ‘To Let’ sign on the store frontage was recently replaced by a Sold sign and after tracking down the new owners they revealed that there would be a total refurbishment.

“There is a significant investment being made into the store,” said the new owner, a property letting agent.  “We can’t say yet who the new tenants are but we hope to make an announcement soon.  As there is quite a lot of work to do we believe it will take six months before they will be open.”

It was widely reported that Flour & Bean, a family run bakery with shops in Aylsham, Dereham, Fakenham, Gorleston, Diss, Potter Heigham and Norwich International Airport, were keen to take it on.

But a spokesman said while they had looked at the premises and would love to open in Wymondham the work needed on the structure of the building made it unviable.

However, Graham Jones, a partner in Roche who managed the sale of the prime location shop, said it was a “local business that wanted to relocate into bigger premises” and it was “nothing controversial”.

Who do you think is moving into 41 Market Street?

While we await further information, we hope that Wymondham looks forward to welcoming the new tenants.

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