As we approach our second lockdown, Rugby town centre businesses are not letting the challenges of COVID-19 stop them from providing the best customer service:
- Five Star Theatre was named Best Theatre Production House 2020 in the SME News 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards.
- The Courthouse ran an offer on kids meals during October half-term.
- Terracotta boutique launched their new website https://terracotta.boutique
- Niki-Lus shoe shop began to stock a new range of soy candles from a local maker.
- The new website page for Bloom. Space Rugby co-working space went live https://www.bloom.space/rugby
- Congratulations to Steven and Esther from Complete Estate Agents, who have been awarded Gold and Silver Awards for Five Star Customer Service in Estate Agency in Rugby and surrounding villages.
- Clair Saxon (Co-owner of from Rugby Unwrapped) became a new Rugby First Board Member.
With the COVID-shaped shadow looming over festivities,
Christmas may well be very different for retailers, business owners and
shoppers this year. With less than 70 days to go, Maybe interviewed 14,000
people and found that for 31% of respondents staying safe where they shop is
their number one priority and 65% have already started their Christmas
In Rugby town centre our highlights this month include:
- Bespoke Hairdressing received the Phorest Client Experience Award for 2020.
- Perry Appleton Risk Services rebranded to Appletons
- The Rugby Hotel has received the ‘We’re Good To Go’ accreditation from Visit Britain for their COVID-19 measures.
- Yum Yum World opened a new glow in the dark soft play tennis area.
- Gallachers of Rugby has moved to new larger premises (still in Regent Street.)
- Vintage Gelato opened on Church Street.
Our town centre is welcoming visitors, shoppers and workers back with (socially distanced) open arms! Many shops have used the lockdown time to adapt and develop new product lines, spruce up their shops, or develop new delivery services, so that our town centre remains a vibrant and friendly place to shop and visit.
September highlights include:
- Bloom.Space Rugby has begun work on the town’s first co-working space in North Street.
- Goody Two Shoes expanded their business by selling balloons and party decorations.
- The Toolshed Café in Caldecott Park reopened with local baker Hatty Bakewell’s.
- A new business Vintage Gelato began fitting out their shop on Church Street.
- Hunts Bookshop expanded its Games Workshop range.
- Cave bar is due to open in the former Pharmacea premises on High Street.
In these tough economic times, our local businesses are doing everything they can to keep open. They are offering quality, choice, value and personal service in COVID- secure environments and are ready to welcome visitors.
Our August highlights include:
- New owners took over Rugby Dry Cleaners in
- Inside the 22 launched a new service delivering
coffee to hairdressers and barbers in the town centre.
- Royal Shawarma takeaway on Clifton Road is
temporarily closed for a refurbishment.
- Two new barbers – Rugby Barbers and Classic
Barbers have opened in High Street.
Coming out of lockdown,
the town centre is seeing slow and steady footfall with a wave of activities from
- 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.
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.