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Vacant Dorothy Perkins and Burton store in Bishop's Stortford to become branch of Savers plus latest on former Toni & Guy, Twisted Cellar, Timpson and Apache premises

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One of Bishop's Stortford town centre's largest empty retail units – the former Dorothy Perkins and Burton shop in South Street – is set to become a branch of Savers.

The health and beauty discount chain, with over 400 outlets in the UK, already has a smaller outlet on the other side of the street, between B&M and O2. The Indie has asked the company about its plans for that unit but has yet to receive a response.

The vacant premises – between Boots Optician and Timpson – have been empty since February after Sir Philip Green's Arcadia Group fashion empire failed.

The former Dorothy Perkins and Burton store at 20 South Street
The former Dorothy Perkins and Burton store at 20 South Street

Applicant AS Watson has asked East Herts Council for planning permission for one non-illuminated fascia sign and one non-illuminated projecting sign to rebrand 20 South Street. Rent for the 430 sq m (4,630 sq ft) property is £80,000 a year.

The vacant former 139 Apache boutique across the road in South Street is also getting a new lease of life as Phoenix Vapers, a vape shop and CBD stockist. Marketed by Bishop's Stortford commercial property agent Coke Gearing for £37,500 a year, it has been let and is being refurbished.

Michael Dowsett and his partner Carly Stafford opened the women's fashion store – between WHSmith and the British Heart Foundation charity shop – in June 2018, but the company is to be dissolved.

Twisted Cellar before it closed in August 2021
Twisted Cellar before it closed in August 2021

Coke Gearing is also marketing the former Twisted Cellar premises in South Street. The 167 sq m (1,800 sq ft) former bar and wine, gin and beer merchant, run by Sharon and Joe Grice for three years, shut in August. It is on the market for £42,500 per annum leasehold or £585,000 freehold.

Joules, the clothing, footwear, accessories, homeware, gifts and lifestyle brand, has taken the "difficult decision" to shut its store in Jackson Square.

The Indie understands that negotiations are well under way to secure a new tenant for the precinct premises which front onto Market Square, but the occupier is unlikely to be another fashion brand.

Greens Organics has begun refurbishing the former Toni & Guy hair salon in Market Square, which shut in 2019 after 22 years in business, to create new licensed premises.

Timpson, which offers shoe, watch and phone repairs as well as key-cutting and engraving, shut its High Street shop on September 17 but is continuing to operate from its much smaller lock-up in South Street.

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