New businesses set up in revamp village shops

Empty shops in Murton have been revamped to give Wood Terrace a new look, Councillor, Neil Foster welcomes, Julie Hill and Ada Lonsdale from GJ Deli Cafe, Louise Horner and Tracy Young from Tralous Florists and Gillian Andrews from Tantastic.

Empty shops in Murton have been revamped to give Wood Terrace a new look, Councillor, Neil Foster welcomes, Julie Hill and Ada Lonsdale from GJ Deli Cafe, Louise Horner and Tracy Young from Tralous Florists and Gillian Andrews from Tantastic.

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A VILLAGE high street is aiming to go from barren to bustling after empty shops were revamped to give them a new lease of life.

Five stores in Wood’s Terrace, Murton, have been given a makeover, with four now home to new small businesses, and the final one set to reopen in coming months.

The regeneration project has seen £137,892 pumped into renovating shop fronts and improving interiors, with Durham County Council putting in £61,577 of that and the remainder from the owners.

Councillor Neil Foster, the council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Wood’s Terrace is a brilliant example of the work the council is doing to support our local traders.

“By investing in high streets we’re not only boosting the local economy but helping pave the way for small businesses to thrive and create more jobs.”

Tracey Young is co-owner of Tralou’s Florists, one of the businesses to benefit from the work.

She said: “It’s nice to be a part of a number of new small and independent businesses opening up within Wood’s Terrace, breathing new life into our high street.”

The other businesses to open are Tantastic tanning salon, GJ’s Deli and Cafe and Timeless Tattoo.