Weston-super-Mare newsagents opens following major refit

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 November 2017

Orchard News' official re-opening. Picture: Eleanor Young

Orchard News' official re-opening. Picture: Eleanor Young

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A Weston-super-Mare newsagents has opened its doors after a major re-fit.

Ray and Andrea Monelle cut the cut at the shop's opening. Picture: Eleanor YoungRay and Andrea Monelle cut the cut at the shop's opening. Picture: Eleanor Young

Orchard News, in Orchard Street, has undergone a huge makeover to increase its offering to the town.

The business is now the first in the country to open under the Everyday umbrella, with the support of the National Federation Of Retail Newsagents (NFRN).

Weston MP John Penrose cuts the ribbon at Orchard News. Picture: Eleanor YoungWeston MP John Penrose cuts the ribbon at Orchard News. Picture: Eleanor Young

Ray Monelle, has owned the business for 34 years with his wife Andrea.

He said: “I recognise I needed to have a shop re-fit and everything had to be changed; floors, ceiling, electrics, so I thought if I am doing that then you have to go the whole hog. You have to increase your offering to the public these days.”

NFRN chief executive, Paul Baxter, said: “We provide all the support systems and the advice retailers need to run the business. We provide legal cover and financial support.

“We have now got new technology which will cut his running costs in half.”

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