Helping the high street to blossom

Business page story on Emma Smith, who has opened Willows Florists on Anchorsholme Lane East.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'04-01-12
Business page story on Emma Smith, who has opened Willows Florists on Anchorsholme Lane East. PIC BY ROB LOCK'04-01-12
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A NEW florist shop in Anchorsholme is the latest business in a flourishing parade of shops.

Willows Florist, in Anchorsholme Lane East, has taken over premises previously empty for almost two decades.

Owner Emma Smith decided to open her own business after working in florists for other people.

Emma, 35, from Preesall, said: “Six years ago I was a hairdresser and fancied a career change.

“I worked in a friend’s florist shop and then a few more before deciding to have a go myself.

“The shop had been shut for 20 years so it’s nice to see it open.

“I hope I’m helping the area, Anchorsholme Lane East is really flourishing now - there’s no shut shops and the road has been resurfaced.”

Ward councillor Tony Williams is delighted at the new businesses and pledged to do all he could to support them.

He added: “We’ve got pretty much a full complement of shops down there and we’re delighted.

“Coun Paul Galley and I are promoting the local businesses on our websites and when the tramway opens. We’re going to do something with a gateway project to help the businesses there.”

The run of shops includes a baker, florist, tattoo parlour, underwear shop, fish and chip shop, and fishing tackle shop.

Coun Williams added: “The variety of choice there is fantastic.”

Fellow ward councillor Galley said there were further plans to draw people into the shops.

He added: “It’s a big confidence boost to the area.

“We have 49 per cent of residents are over the age of 60 – there’s a big demand for florists. Emma picked here on purpose.”

The two councillors are now planning a project to help attract drivers towards the shops.

Coun Galley added: “There’s plans for a new bus shelter down there and also for signage on the Promenade to deflect drivers towards the shops.

“Well also be asking the shopkeepers if they want planters on the streets.”