IT’S change aplenty in Helston as several businesses close, reopen, expand or change ownership.
The Co-op on Trengrouse Way has announced it will close this month, which would have been a huge loss for town centre shoppers. However, it has now been revealed it will re-open under new ownership as Budgens, a food store owned by the Booker Group.
The company is set to be the fifth owners of the premises from my memory. The supermarket has been known as Fine Fair, Gateway and Somerfield, and the place where I began my working life as a shelf-stacker almost 30 years ago.
In less positive news for the town, two businesses have closed in recent weeks, with one being the warm and friendly Cassandra’s Coffee Shop in Coinagehall Street. In a further shock, Outback Trading at The Angel Centre in Tyack Road also closed its doors after recently changing hands to new owners.
Outback Trading was founded by Helston couple Richard and Debbie Lemon who had built up an enviable reputation both locally and nationally with a rapidly expanding online retail division. However, the couple sold the business nine months ago, which can sometimes highlight how much of the success of a business is down to the owner’s drive and passion.
One boost to the town is the news that the Red Lion public house, which has been closed for some time, has been bought by experienced publicans and is set to re-open in the near future. I have also read that Parklands Toyota and the Premier Inn have both made applications to expand.
As ever, Helston is proving to be a resilient town that continues to be worth investing in. It makes me proud to live and work here, I hope it does the same for you.