Outlook is positive for Petworth, say business leaders

BUSINESS in Petworth is booming despite the tough economic climate, reported the town’s business association this week.

Leaders of the town’s commerce announced the opening of three new businesses and the best Christmas trading period in 40 years, underlining ‘despite the tough economic climate, several well-established shops have also expanded their premises or launched new product lines’.

New to Petworth are Hickmet Fine Arts in Market Square and just around the corner in Pound Street is Kiki Design which has moved from premises in the fashionable Notting Hill area of London.

Following the success of The Hungry Guest cafe in Lombard Street which opened its doors last summer, master baker Troels Bendix has launched a specialist food shop of the same name in Middle Street.

Additionally, Hennings Wine Merchants, in Golden Square, has opened a new branch in Chichester.

Petworth Bookshop in Golden Square has a new venture, The Red Card, in High Street and family-run Spriggs Florist, established in 1979, has extended its product line and opened a second shop in New Street called Spriggs.

Jackie Tudor, chairman of the Petworth Business Association, said: “These people are taking Petworth forward.

“They are the driving force for the future and keep our town dynamic.”