ANOTHER BARBERS AND ESTATE AGENTS FOR FLEET

GOOD NEWS FOR FLEET...OR NOT?

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THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO FLEET HAMPSHIRE

While new business in Fleet is never a bad thing, it has become a running joke whether we will end up with a new barbers, coffee shop, nail bar, or estate agents next…and in the latest round of additions to the High Street we can cross off another two of those.

Back in 2009, 163 Fleet Road used to be “Eco Fires”, a shop selling fireplaces, fire guards and anything fire related. By 2015 though this had changed to become Waterfords Estate Agent, adding to the many others in the town. Waterfords later changed location, leaving a space for a brand new business to fill the empty unit and it has now been announced that it will be…an Estate Agent.

Warren Powell-Richards proudly announced the opening of their sixth branch this week, posting a mock-up of the boldly coloured frontage. The shop, which will neighbour Chimera, also has branches in Alton, Farnham, Godalming, Grayshott, Haslemere and London.

Below: 2009: Eco Fires.

 
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Below: 2015: Waterfords Estate Agent.

Below: 2022: Warren Powell-Richards, a mock up of Fleet’s latest Estate Agent – coming soon.

 
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The second newcomer in town will be residing at the previous home of the Fleet BID pop-up shop. This was an initiative that gave local residents a chance to test the experience of shop ownership by renting a stall in the building. But with the lease expiring, a more permanent occupant is about to set up shop, can you guess what it is? Spoiler alert – it’s a barbers.

Below: A new Turkish Barbers is on the way.

With so many similar new barbers joining Fleet in a relatively short space of time, the rumour mill is gathering pace as people ask if there is another reason for their presence. It is certainly curious that so many of the same type of business choose to set up shop in the same area – but I’ll leave that one to you to ponder.

So, do you think this is good news for Fleet or not? It certainly has divided opinion locally. Anyone want to bet on what the next shop opening in Fleet will be?

 
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