Kenilworth has had a boost after being named as the town with the lowest number of empty shops in the whole of the West Midlands.
And with new businesses opening and planning to move in and revitalise the town this year, shoppers and businesses are hopeful for a bright future.
Richard Hales, chair of the Chamber of Trade, has welcomed the “excellent news” for Kenilworth and is looking forward to the changes on the way ready to transform the town.
He said: “There is a lot of interest in the empty units and they aren’t staying empty for long, which is brilliant.
“This report showing Kenilworth as having the lowest empty unit figures was produced late last year and so now we are doing even better.
“It is brilliant news and with the Local Plan being finalised and the station all ready too, things can only improve for shopping in the town as more people come in.”
Planning permission has been granted to turn the empty Blockbuster unit into a pub, and planners are expected to approve a plan for Indian Edge to take over part of the adjoining Co-op Electrix.
A new hair salon has taken over the former opticians in Warwick Road, and a new clothes shop is now trading in place of Tudor Rose tattoo parlour.
SewArty has reopened in its former shop, and Comme-ci, Comme-ca has opened up a patisserie in High Street.
Card Factory has set up in the formerly empty Crash Bang Wallop space and Kenilworth Wines may be used for a pop-up shop as plans continue to make use of empty units.
There are also plans in the pipeline for a second patisserie in the town centre, and Phones4U are rumoured to be looking at a town centre site.
And on the other side of town, things are just as lively as High Street retailers continue working hard to rebrand the area as an ‘Old Town’ and attract more visitors and shoppers from Warwick Road.
Working alongside Kenilworth Castle and artists, businesses have formed a working group with town centre manager Zoe Court.
And she said that as well as monthly meetings and support from Warwick District Council, the move is “progressing well” and may include a Sunday street market and complete rebrand for the area this summer.
“ It’s an exciting project and a pretty part of the town which some people aren’t aware off,” said Ms Court.
“Plans are afoot for a Sunday road closure with music, stalls and entertainment and we are working on a logo to give the area identity and raise the profile of High Street.”