July highlights

July highlights

Coming out of lockdown, the town centre is seeing slow and steady footfall with a wave of activities from businesses:

  • Morgan Sindall has been appointed to build a new school at Rugby Houlton.
  • Bloom serviced office space in North Street is still planning to open.
  • Yum Yum World has completed a 6,000 sq ft letting of the former Poundland shop in Sheep Street.
  • Craft Inn on Chapel Street, a new bar, opened for takeout.
  • The Nest achieved their crowdfunding target to open a new, bigger, shop in High Street.
  • A new takeaway Greek Zante Street opened on North Street.
  • The former Sonrisa shop on High Street has been let.
  • Rugby market has reopened on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Albie & Lonnies in Regent Street has launched a new womenswear section.
  • Quigleys pub in Albert Street is opening a new terrace at the rear of the property, The Courthouse pub in North Street, The Alexandra Tavern in James Street, The Distillery Bar in North Street and William Webb Ellis pub on Warwick Street have all refurbished their gardens and outdoor areas after lockdown.
July update

July update

This month we are running an advertising campaign to shout about the choice, character and friendly customer service shoppers will find in Rugby town centre.

Also in the third of our shopping features, we are exploring some of the independent businesses in the Clock Tower and Churchside Arcade area of Rugby town centre.

June update

June update

For the first time in three months, a raft of ‘non-essential’ shops in Rugby will be reopening their doors to customers in the latest easing of the coronavirus lockdown rules. Many will have a new look with more spacious floor plans, be limiting numbers of customers and have plenty of hygiene measures in place to ensure that they are “Covid-secure” and a safe place to shop.

Here are just a small selection of Rugby town centre businesses that are open and ready to welcome shoppers again in the Albert Street and Regent Street area. Keep checking this page for updates on High Street, Sheep Street, Churchside Arcade, Rugby Central and Rugby market, as we focus on our town’s friendly and vibrant retail experience.

May update

May update

The coronavirus pandemic is posing a huge challenge for businesses, forcing them to think more creatively about their offer and how they can adapt to customers’ needs like never before. The food and drink sector in particular is demonstrating their resilience by launching takeaway, deliveries and collection services – some of which are detailed in this month’s update.

April update

April update

In the month since our last e-news, our town centre has been in lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. This has seen our retailers having to quickly adapt to cope with the imposed restrictions on trading and social distancing in an unprecedented situation of uncertainty.

Rugby First is open and here to support our town centre businesses. We are continuing to keep the town centre clean and safe, promoting the business activities to circa 10,000 social media followers and working closely with partners to formulate plans for the economic recovery of the town centre.   

March Highlights

March Highlights

  • Rugby Borough Council announced a new £200K start-up fund to encourage retailers into the town centre.
  • Congratulations to Café Vin Cinq, who have won Best Independent Restaurant in Warwickshire award from local media group What’s On Live.
  • Interior design store Izzy Loops was recently promoted by Annie Sloan for their #StockistSunday alert with a Facebook post that reached almost 10,000 followers.
  • Rugby First launched a new food and drink website and guide to promote the food and drink businesses in the town centre.
  • Jeans Flowers new shop had their grand opening on Regent Street, Mojo barbers on Church Street has been refurbished and the former Brook Street recruitment agency office on Chapel Street is currently being refurbished into a craft beer bar.