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Barford + Co has sponsored the Retailer of the Year category in the Hunts Post Huntingdonshire Business Awards for the past 14 years. During that time the retail markets of Huntingdon, St Neots and St Ives have held up extremely well in the face of what have been, at times, very challenging conditions. The advent of internet shopping, competition from large supermarkets and the recession have all made life extremely difficult for the smaller independent retailers in our market towns. However, the three towns have proved to be resilient, and vacancy rates remain at extremely low levels compared with similar market towns across the Country.

“Retailers like Clarity Health and Beauty, last year’s winners, are typical of the spirit of many of the small retail businesses we deal with on a day to day basis here at Barford + Co” commented Director of Agency, Phil Halmshaw. “Rental levels have become more competitive in certain parts of the town centres, and this has allowed some independent retailers to come back in and take up shop units” he continued.

In addition to smaller independent retailers, a number of national multiples remain in the market for prime High Street shop units. An example of this is the letting within the last week of No. 27 High Street, St Neots to Lloyds Pharmacy.


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