Clare Antiques and Interiors to remain open for business as work on apartment conversion begins
A long-running antiques warehouse in Clare has sought to reassure customers that it will remain open for business, as the conversion of a portion of the building into homes gets under way this month.
Work to turn a section of Clare Antiques and Interiors in Malting Lane into three flats is set to begin in the coming weeks.
But in response to concerns from people about its future, the business management has confirmed that trading at both the antiques centre, which is spread out over four floors, and its ground-floor café will continue as normal, with the work being screened off from the view of customers.
Approximately a third of the existing warehouse floorspace will be taken up by the new homes, with the other two thirds expected to remain as it is.
It is understood that the conversion, which is expected to take between six and eight months to be completed, is intended to bring a cash injection to help support the centre going forward, in light of increasing business rates.
Loraine Callow, one of the managers at the business, told the Free Press: “We will still be trading. People thought we were closing down, but we’re not.
“We are still thriving and still running. The café will be open seven days a week and I think it will run as normal. The work will go on behind closed doors.
“The business rates were so high that the owners thought there would be more value in converting some of the site it into flats, and more housing is needed in the town, but they also wanted to keep the business going at the same time.
“It’s a business that a lot of people love and it has been here for a long time, so we hope this will be the best of both worlds.”
Running for the last 30 years, Clare Antiques and Interiors deals in various vintage items, collectables and memorabilia, including bric-a-brac, china, jewellery, and clothing, as well as handmade interiors built by local craftsmen.
Its current opening hours are 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday.
To find out more, go online to www.clareantiques.co.uk.