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Before and after - Abbey Wood shops undergo makeover

PUBLISHED: 11:50 05 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:50 05 December 2016

One of 13 shopfronts that underwent refurbishment

One of 13 shopfronts that underwent refurbishment

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Shops along Wilton Road are part of an improvement programme

New life has been breathed into more than a dozen shop along a bustling street in Abbey Wood.

Wilton Road has seen 13 independent businesses modernise their business methods and physical appeal.

As part of the Wilton Road Improvement Programme, shops have been offered advice and funding to redecorate shop fronts.

Tariq Rachid has been running his business, Occasions, for 20 years.

“I realise the new Crossrail station would bring a lot of new potential customers and I had to update my business to attract them” he said.

“I worked with the project team and our smart new fascia has already attracted positive comment.

“People who have been walking past my business for years have suddenly realised that I am here!”

The improvements were influenced by feedback given during a community consultation held in the summer of 2015. New and existing residents wanted to see a more contemporary retail offer, an improved sense of place and more attractive public realm.

Cllr Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth at Bexley council said: “I am delighted that the work on the shop fronts is complete and I am confident that the support programme that we have provided, will mean businesses are better placed to take advantage of the opportunities that the new Elizabeth line station, being built as part of the Crossrail programme, will bring.”

“We want to make sure that the community benefits as much as possible from the regeneration taking place in the area and help traders to become more resilient during this difficult period of transition.”


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