One of the problems with the row of shops being empty at the Hagley Road end of Bearwood, is the impact that has on the businesses of those traders who are trying to operate up there.
One of these is Classy Rags, a women's boutique, that has been on Bearwood Road for 25 years, specialising in mother of the bride, casual, and something a little bit different from the rest of the shops in Bearwood. They also do handbags, shoes and accessories.
Helen from Classy Rags told the Bearwood Blog, “It is really difficult at the moment. There are so many empty shops staring back at us over the road, now even Tesco has gone, and the passing trade is almost disappearing. We have been proud to operate out of Bearwood for so long, and we do have our regulars who come back to us time and time again, but without a passing trade it is becoming increasingly hard to keep our heads above the water and keep the business going.”
We had a really good response on the blog and on Facebook recently when we featured the anniversary of Rutland Sheds, another long serving Bearwood business, so come on folks, let's give some support for another of our own traders, and pop in to see what Classy Rags have to offer. You can be sure of a friendly welcome.