Trade brisk at new Exeter Road Store
THE town s empty shops continue to fill up after a new convenience store opened in Exeter Road.
THE town's empty shops continue to fill up after a new convenience store opened in Exeter Road.
Retailer Mike Bird heads up Exe Trading and has opened his sixth store, a new 1020 square feet Costcutter store.
The opening of the store follows a report by town councillor Steve Gazzard, submitted to the Town Management, which shows that 24 town centre shops are empty or do not have plans to reopen.
This is a marked improvement from just six months ago - in January there were 30 vacant units.
Exe Trading is a family business and includes Mike's wife Hilary, his daughters Emma and Katie and Katie's husband Gary.
Mike said: "The growth of our business and the opening of each new store have been completely funded by the profitability of our existing stores.
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"This strong profitability is undoubtedly aided by the support given from Costcutter and in particular by the various loyalty schemes..."
He added that business was brisk especially with fresh produce: "Our 'fresh offer' is our unique selling point; it is what sets us apart.
"No one else is offering a good fresh range locally. We've placed fresh produce first in flow, it's bright and attractive and our customers are buying it. The sales figures speak for themselves.