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New Business

On 25 Oct 2012 at 2:05pm McLovin wrote:
If there was to be a new business in Lewes, what would the people recommend? Ideas please?
On 25 Oct 2012 at 2:15pm Pete wrote:
Good question - my ideas for what they're worth - a good ironmongers wouldn't go amiss, and if you have the land, why not try wine growing ?
On 25 Oct 2012 at 2:35pm havenrook wrote:
Mind your own business!
On 25 Oct 2012 at 3:48pm McLovin wrote:
havenbrook, if you have no friends to talk to and spend time wasting others with your stupidity you should check out this website. www.iamacompletebellend.com
On 25 Oct 2012 at 3:54pm Frak wrote:
A good grocer, a good bakery, a decent men's clothes shop to start.....
On 25 Oct 2012 at 3:54pm McLovin wrote:
sorry it's havenrook. My mistake, before you become a smart arse too!
On 25 Oct 2012 at 3:57pm McLovin wrote:
What sort of clothing though? Only reason I ask is because you already have outlets as Bone, Huge Rae etc. i think that gives quite a lot of variety already. Bakery not a bad idea though - wouldn't fancy going against Forfars though, think they are too popular
On 25 Oct 2012 at 4:32pm Deelite wrote:
A good grocer
On 25 Oct 2012 at 4:51pm Inside Dealer wrote:
Word on the street is that the former kids shoe shop opposite Wickle is going to reopen as a bakery soon. the windows have just been papered over whilst they do the refit.
I think, McLovin, that a McDonalds would do fantastically well in Lewes, despite what the pretend hippies and DFL "Lewes is so independent" boll***s brigade say, it's a guilty pleasure.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 5:17pm Brendan wrote:
I would like a cornish pasty company (West Cornwall Pasty) or as previously suggested a bakers with a good selection of pastry's e.t.c.
Before people suggest forfars; im sorry although they are a local company I can microwave a pasty as well as the staff in there can and leave it all day under the heat counter.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 5:54pm Cliffe Hanger wrote:
Yep. I'd certainly be up for a bakery. I know we have a few already, but one that is willing to open at a sensible time on a Sunday - say by 7:00 am - would get my custom.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 6:22pm Bongo wrote:
Hopefully, not an 'artisan' bakery! That's just an excuse to charge ridiculously high prices for a loaf of bread.

On 25 Oct 2012 at 6:41pm TDA wrote:
A normal, unorganic grocers would clean up
On 25 Oct 2012 at 6:56pm Shopper wrote:
Pound shop or shop selling cheap tat like Woolies used to
On 25 Oct 2012 at 7:49pm old Cynic wrote:
Agree a decent greengrocers with local / seasonal produce and a choice of organic and non-organic (not silly prices) and a good proper baker - along the lines of Flint Owl (excellent if pricey)
On 25 Oct 2012 at 8:02pm Deelite wrote:
Yup agreed. Greengrocers or good bakery, like the one at Ringmer. I do wish that it was in Lewes. Sorry Forfars; behaves like a chain and the overbearing smell of those cheesy sticks is criminal. Bakeries should smell lovely!
On 25 Oct 2012 at 8:35pm Worthago wrote:
Bakers is a great idea. I've always thought Lewes was missing something but I can never put my finger on it.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 9:22pm Ben wrote:
I dont think you will find anybody who can resist a good bakery.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 9:24pm Frak wrote:
The trouble is that bakers should be artisan or as good as flint owl, but because we have gradually removed them from the high st we now have to pay though the nose to buy decent bread. Forfars are a bit like Greggs - more interested in selling bad sandwiches and pastys than good bread.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 9:39pm The Original Interested. wrote:
Poundland...And Harxester....Maybe a Maccy Ds for when the grandchildren come over.
The old Poumdshop near the Tescos garage would make a great Maccy Ds.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 10:21pm Bartleby wrote:
Don't know why people on here are always on about the need for a greengrocer in Lewes. There's a perfectly good one on Western Road. It's easy and free to park, though admittedly not fancy - there are other places to go for hand-reared cumquats though.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 10:27pm Roly Mo wrote:
A decent, affordable toy shop like the one in Uckfield.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 10:41pm Frak wrote:
Nothing to do with 'hand-reared cumquats' more to do with a decent grocer in the town centre or more. I'm glad that there is a good greengrocer at that end of town, but for a town the size of Lewes that isn't really enough.
On 25 Oct 2012 at 11:24pm the old mayor wrote:
Ann Summers ??
On 25 Oct 2012 at 11:44pm Hypocriti Hank wrote:
Lewes used to have many of the shops you lot crave. None of you used them and they all packed up. Now you want some poor sod to sign up to a crippling lease, work all the hours just so you can have a fresh croissant at 7am Sunday morning!!!
On 26 Oct 2012 at 9:08am The Original Interested. wrote:
When I was a bit younger there was International stores opposite the Tourist office,which catered well the top end of the town...
A bread shop,Ovetts was it? Where the St Peters and St James hospice charity shop is.
Spencer did a roaring trade selling fruit and veg where Neros is now...
A wet fish shop.somewhere near Monsoon, a Co Op near the Needlemakers,
We had a butchers where Monsoon is,another bread shop up the top near the Black Horse,a convenience store also near the Black Horse...
Whittingtons paper shop also up that way,now a house,as is the convenience store.
A car parts shop where the pottery firing place is now in Western Road and post offices everywhere it seemed.
A butchers near the Ellie,another down the bottom somewhere....
When I was young you could get what you wanted wherever you were in Lewes.
We need some kind of mini supermarket in the middle
where the Law Courts are...
On 26 Oct 2012 at 9:36am Southover Queen wrote:
I don't know what the rents/rates are in the middle of town, but you clearly need to find getting on a for £80-100k just for your premises in the precinct. I doubt any food shop could afford that - the margins are just too narrow.
On 26 Oct 2012 at 12:57pm Old Cynic wrote:
Agree HH - we had loads of shops until the supermarkets took over - and when I was a kid shopping would take ages - traipsing from place to place! Frak is right there is a good greengrocer - but its a long walk from Cliffe for a couple of carrots and (dare I say it) Bills is utterly hopeless and should just not bother with the fruit and veg bit of the shop - which leaves Waitrose / Tesco or Aldi!
On 26 Oct 2012 at 4:41pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
A bakery would be great, but I would love to see a good independent bookshop. I miss Cliffe Bookshop more than any other shop that has gone.
If we can't have an independent, even a Waterstones would do.
On 26 Oct 2012 at 5:27pm Pete wrote:
We've got an independent bookshop in needlemakers and Bag of Books for children - you can order any book at both. There's a wet fish shop in the middle of town already with fish from Newhaven. We've got greengrocers and butchers and lots of shops selling fantastic bread - all locally baked. I am not sure what a grocers is but most of what you ask for is here alreayd
On 26 Oct 2012 at 11:23pm Worthago wrote:
Bring back the ovens, they used to do some great hot food.
On 27 Oct 2012 at 9:42am Ducatipete wrote:
Coffee shop
On 27 Oct 2012 at 7:05pm Kawasaki Kev wrote:
Bike shop Pete , not one with pedals though
On 28 Oct 2012 at 12:25am Earl of Lewes wrote:
How about a decent, old-fashioned tea shop? Somewhere without a 'barista' in sight (or local crafts, funky music and piles of 'Viva Lewes') where you can enjoy a pot of darjeeling and a slice of fruit cake or Victoria sponge.

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