New Businesses Came to Prescot in 2016 (and Others Said Goodbye)
2016 marked the arrival of several new shops and businesses in Prescot.
The junction of Warrington Road, St Helens Road, High Street and Chapel Street was visibly altered by the introduction of three new shops – Rogues & Rascals barbershop, milkshake paradise The Shake Factory and equestrian women’s fashion boutique Olivia’s World. Just along from Olivia’s World, on High Street, Love Hair & Beauty Salon opened in July.
Further into the town centre, Prescot Shopping Centre has welcomed new shops, with Liberty Boutique, Mielsiemoo baby boutique, Prescot Laminates and The Sweet Office all opening their doors in the past year.
And it was a delight to welcome an entire family of critters to Market Place, when Palmer’s Pets & Exotics moved in to number 48, next to Little Mary’s Cafe. Dale’s Guitar Worx has since made a reappearance in the same unit.
But surely the biggest new business success story of 2016 was the Station House, a stylish tea and coffee house at Prescot Station. Occupying the historic stationmaster’s quarters, beautifully refurbished, the Station House has quickly gained a reputation for its fresh, homemade food and catering services.
Sadly, 2016 was also a year of farewells in Prescot town centre. Raise a glass to the following businesses who shut their doors for the last time this year: Clinton’s Cards, HSBC, M&Co, Superdrug, The Red Lion pub, restaurant 18 High Street and two much-loved family businesses that served Prescot for generations, ‘Strawberry Fields’ fruit and veg, at 10 Eccleston Street, and The Wool Shop, at 32 Eccleston Street.
[Update: Oops. We forgot about another sad loss to our Prescot shops this year. Darren and Anne-Marie sadly had to shut their newsagents on St James’s Road, Eccleston Park, earlier this year – a much-missed presence in the neighbourhood.]