THE annus horribilis in New Norfolk's retail sector looks set for relief by Christmas. Several of the shops left vacant during the year are now in the process of re-opening, with the notable exception of the former Foodworks Supermarket that at one stage was cited as the new location for Banjo's Bakery.
A new business called Not Just Lollies opened today in the former Aunt Irma's shop in Charles St and Banjo's looks to be nearing the end of its extensive renovation of the former Retravision premises at 20 High St. The empty Chickenfeed store looks set to be filled by the Reject Shop, which operates a similar discount business.
Big Red Box has relocated to a temporary location in the former Eyelines premises but is understood to be in the process of transforming to an online business. Details of the new business opening in the original Big Red Box location are still under wraps, as are the future of the former jewellery shop.
Meanwhile there are several more businesses operating from the Nurses' Home in Willow Court, including Maree's Kitchen and OhLahLay Retro Chic joining Morf Antiques, Jackson's Closet, Touch of Earth and Flying Monkey Creative. A Christmas fair has been mentioned coming up on December 16.