Pigeonhole in Daventry looks set to remain in the town centre after finding a cheaper building to house its 60 small businesses.
The shopping emporium, currently located in the Moot Hall in Market Square,traded from the building for the last time today (Thursday) as businesses owners were unable to cope with the high rent level set by Daventry District Council.
Since announcing the closure two weeks ago Paul Bowditch and business partner Dawn Willetts have been approached by a private landlord owning Bishops Crewe House (formally the Daventry Town Council) and opposite the Daventry library which they now hope to move in to.
Mr Bowditch said: “We were quite disheartened about the closure and were ready for quitting altogether but then we were approached about another building.
“We had a look around it and it ticked all the boxes. It is still a period building but is much more affordable at over a third cheaper.
“We would use the ground floor but could expand upwards if we were busy enough so it all looks very positive.”
Mr Bowditch and Ms Willetts have submitted a change of use plan for the premises and are awaiting planning permission.
If they are successful they hope to move into the building and begin trading at the end of April or early May.
Mr Bowditch said: “Pretty much everyone we currently work with wants to come with us and subject to planning and some careful arranging of the cabinets we should be able to accommodate all of them.”
As the new location already has a cafe Pigeonhole cafe will not be running from Bishops Crewe House, however our cafe staff have been offered shifts in the shop instead.
Mr Bowditch added: “We are really very happy we have managed to find a new place.”