New retailers are opening up shop in Harborough

The new Opendoor Gallery in Church Street, Market Harborough
The new Opendoor Gallery in Church Street, Market Harborough

The thriving town centre of Market Harborough is continuing to defy the gloom of other UK high streets by attracting new businesses.

The Latest Harborough recruit is Cargo, which had official opening events on Saturday and Sunday.

The 4,500sq ft store, in High Street at the former Burton and Dorothy Perkins site, has created six new jobs.

It sells home accessories and furniture. There was a 20 per cent reduction offer for the launch weekend, and a competition to win a £200 voucher.

Store manager Lynne Mount said: “We are so pleased to have opened a store in Market Harborough, which is a thriving town centre.”

Oxfordshire-based Cargo has 40 stores nationwide.

In other retail news, the former Phones4U store at 28 The Square in town has now re-opened as Vodafone Market Harborough, saving four jobs.

It is one of the 139 former Phones4U stores Vodafone acquired in September, after Phones4U went into administration.

The new store is part of Vodafone’s £100m nationwide expansion, which increased store numbers by about a third.

And in other positive news, a new art gallery has opened in town.

Opendoor at 10 Church Street, the former No 10 Flowers site, features mainly original artwork and prints.

Owner Janet Pelling said she was aiming to create an “inspiring place for artists from everywhere”. It will also have regular workshops given by artists for local enthusiasts.

And finally, long-standing Harborough restaurant Shagorika, in St Mary’s Road, is under new management.

New boss Sayeed Kabiree, who took over this week, said customers can expect a new, chatty atmosphere, tweaks to the menu, a Sunday buffet and special offers on Tuesdays.

He said: “We thought about changing the name, but were told it’s part of the town’s heritage and to lose the name would be like taking part of Harborough away.”