Spring bloom of new shops in town centre

Decorating store Kent Blaxill has opened a Market Harborough branch.

Decorating store Kent Blaxill has opened a Market Harborough branch.

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Spring in Market Harborough has seen the opening of a host of new shops and a new restaurant.

The new restaurant is Taste Social - a modern Chinese dim sum restaurant on St Mary’s Road, linked to the well-established Han restaurant.

Manager Athena Kyriacou said: “People are loving the food - it’s so different, and there’s a good buzz here, which I think is really important.”

One unusual dish is Chinese flower tea - the flower starts in bud, then blooms in the hot water, flavouring it with jasmine or lily.

The tiny but pretty Home of Angels, which sells beautiful flowers, artwork - and decorative angels of course - has moved from the Indoor Market after just six months to a permanent shop on The Square.

The jewellery and accessories shop Silverpot has moved from Church Square into much larger premises on Coventry Road, where the Bridal Shop used to be.

Out of the town centre, decorating store Kent Blaxill has opened a Market Harborough branch - its 14th store altogether.

The 2,900 square feet branch is in the Welland Business Park, Valley Way (off Rockingham Road).

Finally, B&M Retail Ltd, which already has a food store in the town centre, has opened a large store in the former Focus premises off Rockingham Road.

The latest B&M store will concentrate on DIY goods, building materials and garden supplies.