Security firm buys cycle shop

A PROMINENT town centre shop will reopen as a new business this month.

The former site of Streetlife cycle shop, Sudbury bus station in Hamilton Road, is currently being refitted to become the new premises of DB Security, which is relocating from Gaol Lane.

Owner David Burrows said: “We are going to be in here by the end of January. We’ve got loads of room and lots of opportunities. I think we can move it forward, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken it on.”

The work is being carried out by Mr Burrows and Great Cornard parish councillor Tony Harman, who works for DB Security.

Mr Burrows explained the business’ need for the much larger space.

“We’ve been in Gaol Lane nearly eight years, but it was cramped. In a recession, people are doing more things for themselves,” he said.

“We have been looking for suitable premises to expand the business for several years, and will be expanding into hardware and ironmongering, as well as increasing the range of security products and services we can offer.

“We’re also going to expand the business online, too.”

Streetlife closed in January last year after 27 years in Sudbury, with owner Alex Watts citing difficult economic circumstances.

Sudbury estate agent Birchall Steel confirmed the sale of the building in September after around six months on the market.

Mr Burrows added that he would be requiring extra help as the business expands.

“We’re going to have to take on at least one more person,” he said.