A high street which has 'bucked the trend' is recovering well after the third Covid lockdown with ‘more customers’ visiting. Queen Street in Great Harwood has seen the majority of its shops filled with unique, independent businesses. Despite more people ordering online during the pandemic and shop units remaining empty in other towns, this high street has seen people flock back since the reopening of non-essential shops in April. Lauren Maguire, who owns cheese shop Brie Mine was able to remain open during lockdown due to her being a food establishment. The shop, which opened in August 2020, had a successful run-up to Christmas which helped her keep afloat. Now, Lauren is happy to be on the other side with the business starting to pick up again.
She said: "Customers that come in always talk about how lovely the street is.
"We are getting new ways to bring people in so we have put tables and chairs outside and we offer a dine in service.
"We have had a few people come and sit outside which has been really nice. There's definitely a lot more people walking around the street which is also nice."
Brie Mine is a cheese shop which began with Lauren making cheese tower cakes for weddings before she started making graze boxes and platters which are posted nationwide.
Further down the street is another food-based business, the Green Olive Deli.
Sophie Johnson and Jordan Kemp opened the Green Olive Deli in September 2019, just as the high street began to grow in popularity.
They were closed during the most recent lockdown but they have noticed an increase of customers as lockdown has continued to ease.
Sophie said: "The community is very supportive of ...
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