Despite rumours of Costa and Waitrose moving in to the Wood after the sad departure of Sevenoaks (now in Chalfont St Peter, details p ), Aqua Nova and Nat West, it seems that Chorleywood is to remain a chain free zone – at least for the time being.
The Wright Tile Stone and Bathroom Centre is taking over the former Aqua Nova premises and opens in May. If all goes to plan, WrightTiles’ new neighbours should be a certain established estate agents who look set to occupy half of the old Sevenoaks space while an accountancy business is supposedly taking the other part. Solicitors Archer Rusby of Ricky are rumoured to be taking up the states agents’ current building while optician Real Eyes new occupants Ali and Asra moved in last month.
On t’other side of the crossroads – Little Beans has left the village and opens shortly in Hemel Marlowes and is being replaced by another child friendly cafe Bambino Chino.
Hairdressers Vanity Fair, having closed due to the owner’s retirement, will retain a beauty them with a Nail Bar setting up there instead.
As for Budgens, Vic Grewal has sold the business and management of the store to the Co-op and the fit up is imminent – the store closes from Wed 9 March for three days while work is being done .
So just Nat West Bank left empty – for now.
In the meantime Costa murmurs have started again… which may just be a case of hot coffee tainted gossip, but there again it might just not be this time.