Double joy for high street

Kirkham's High Street is bucking the trend, with more independent traders opening businesses, including Paul Game (left) whose The Vine fruit and veg shop has been open a year, and butcher Ian Holden, who will soon open Wyre Farm Meats.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-9-2013
Kirkham's High Street is bucking the trend, with more independent traders opening businesses, including Paul Game (left) whose The Vine fruit and veg shop has been open a year, and butcher Ian Holden, who will soon open Wyre Farm Meats. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-9-2013

Despite the recession biting and the growing impact of local supermarkets, a Fylde high street is bucking the national trend.

As one independent trader celebrated his first anniversary in business, another has revealed he is set to open a new business in Kirkham town centre.

While Paul Game, owner of fruit and vegetable shop The Vine in Poulton Street, hailed his first year in the town, Ian Holden said he is soon to open a new butchers.

Paul, 49, said: “The first year has gone really, really quickly.

“Despite a few hiccups, in particular when work began replacing the pavements outside the shop and took six weeks longer than expected, we have done very, very well.

“We’ve got two full-time members of staff and four part-time members, all local, including my son Myles, who is manager.

“But like any independent trader, the most important thing is the support of the local people, which has been fantastic.”

Ian, the man behind Wyre Farm Meats, said he can’t wait to launch his store in town and has been inspired by Paul’s story.

He added: “We are working on the premises at the moment and should be close to completion fairly soon – I’d say we are six to eight weeks away at the moment.

“We have a business in Thornton and are looking to branch out.

“I chose Kirkham because it seems to be bucking the trend for shopping.

“There are many independent traders in the town and we want to add to this.”

Paul added: “People really appreciate the produce we provide.

“Our potatoes come from Pilling – it is nice for people to know their food hasn’t travelled far to reach us. I’m looking forward to another good year and I wish Ian success with his new venture.”

Kirkham Coun Elaine Silverwood: “What I have been fighting for for many years on Kirkham high street was stores it desperately needed, such as a good quality fruit and veg shop and a butcher’s.

“There is a need for these independent retailers. We have a Lancashire market every month which is very popular, but having these shops open allows people access to produce. This is great news for us all.”