Coventry-based solicitors Brindley, Twist, Tafft & James (BTTJ) have helped to renovate The Village Store in Bishops Itchington.
The freehold on the former newsagents, which has been trading in the village for 20 years, was purchased by local residents Orlaith Horsman and Bee White in October last year.
Upon taking over the pair wanted to extend the shop’s offering, improving the business’ status as a community hub. Following the renovation, the shop, which still delivers 400 papers a day, has added a deli, café and gift shop, as well as an alcohol licence and gallery space for local artists to show their work.
Orlaith said: “We are delighted with the way The Village Store has taken shape. It is beginning to thrive and becoming a social hub within the community which was one of our primary objectives.
“We are still brimming with ideas and are just so grateful to BTTJ for providing us with the advice and support which has made this all possible.”
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Although both Orlaith and Bee have always been active in the local community, taking over the store represents a significant change from their previous careers: Orlaith has been a social worker for 25 years, while Bee was a mother and baby foster carer with a background in sales and marketing.
In the future, the pair hope to hold private events at the store as well has hiring a variety of new staff.
Samantha Wright, Senior Partner of BTTJ & Commercial Solicitor, stated: “It is so gratifying to see a business like The Village Store grow and prosper and we are delighted to have played a part in their success.”
The renovations have been completed in time for Independent Retailers Day (July 4) which celebrates small and independent retailers across the country, encouraging consumers to support local businesses.
A recent survey carried out by South Western Railway placed three Midlands cities in the top ten towns and cities in the UK for independent retailers per 100,000 people.
Featured Image: From L-R Samantha Wright, Senior Partner of BTTJ & Commercial Solicitor, Bee White, Orlaith Horsman and Alex Khan, Alex Khan, Partner of BTTJ & Commercial Property Solicitor