Selfridges in Harpenden?

By Ron Taylor. Editor

When you look at the incredible variety of retail shops in Harpenden and Southdown it all adds up to a giant departmental store.


So next time you think of going to shop in London, think again, it could all be here on your doorstep. Save the train fare, spend a day in ‘the village’ and sample the fayre from one of the many bars or restaurants.

The list below shows what’s available (up to Roundwood Lane but excludes Southdown)

Art Galleries x 1

Art/Picture Frame workshop x 2

Babies and young children shops x 1

Baker and Cake shops x 2

Banks x 4

Beauty Salon/Spa/Nails x 5

Beauty/Cosmetics x 4

Betting shop x 1

Book shop x 1

Butcher x 1

Building Societies x 4

Cards, Books, Stationary, Papers and Magazines x 1

Carpet and flooring  x 2

Charity shops x 9

Chemists x 4

Coffee Bars/Tea shops x 9

Delicatessen x 2

DIY and Paint x 1

Dry Cleaners x 2

Empty Shops x 7

Estate Agents & Letting Agents x 11

Fast Food x 6

Financial Advice x 2

Fitness Centre/Gym/Pilates x 3

Florist x 2

Frozen Foods x 1

Furniture and fabric shops x 1

Convenience stores x 2

Gift & Card shops x 4

Health shops x 1

Jewellers x 3

Kitchen/Bathroom shops x 3

Ladies Hairdressers x 10

Ladies wear x 7

Men’s hairdressers x 5

Men’s wear x 1

Newsagents x 2

Opticians x 4

Phone shop x 2

Pet shop x 1

Post Office x 1

Restaurants x 15

Sandwich shop x 2

Sweet shops x 1

Shoe shops x 1

Shoe repairs x 1

Sporting goods x 1

Supermarkets x 4

Travel agents x 1

Vape products x 1

Wine shops x 2

Local shop owners face many problems.

Rising rent and rates...declining disposable consumer incomes...pressure by the supermarkets to take market share from the independents...increasing popularity of shopping centres and internet shopping.

So go out and support your local shops.

The Harpenden Estate is the

block of ground shops and

second floor offices and flats

running from Space NK to Papa

John’s, then round

to the side facing Waitrose.

Pears Property has bought an

unbrokenblock of shops in Harpenden

as it seeks to deploy capital into the

real estate sector. The firm has

bought the 1.1-acre Harpenden

Estate from Columbia Threadneedle

for around £15m – a circa 8% yield.

The freehold, mixed-use island site on Harpenden High Street comprises 29 shops let to tenants including Waterstones, Space NK and JoJo Maman Bebe, four residential blocks and some office space.

The site had been under offer to St Albans District Council for more than £18.7m early in 2020, but the deal came under fire from councillors and was put on hold following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The deal ultimately fell through and Pears, as an all-cash buyer, was able to swoop in to buy the asset in around a week.

Pears has bought more than £50m of property from Columbia Threadneedle so far this year as the fund seeks to raise funds to service redemptions. Earlier this year, Pears spent £35m buying the Hornet Portfolio, a collection of seven industrial assets in Dorset, Sunderland and Newcastle, from Threadneedle.

Pears was unable to comment on the deal, but sources said the group had been attracted to the Harpenden Estate due to the affluence of the local area and strength of community retail. It is also understood to be keen to deploy more funds into the sector and is targeting opportunistic acquisitions, particularly in the industrial sector.

Harpendia will be speaking to the shop owners this week for their reactions AND also to Pears Property for their thoughts on future development of the the block.

Ron Taylor, Editor.

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New at the Harpenden Pop Up Shop from June 7th

The ‘Creative Collective’, a gifts and lifestyle pop up shop that brings together small, independent businesses, sharing space under one roof, is back in our original pop up shop opp Waitrose in Leyton Road in Harpenden from 7th of June for two weeks. We’ll be showcasing new talented creatives and artists who will be joined by some of your favourites including Kate Buchanan, Mallow & White, Rachel Bellman, Jen Roffe, Made In Provence & 12th.tree. You will also find designer vintage from Inkahra, handmade fashion and jewellery from Hot Haveli, plus lots of great Father's Day gifts and cards. You can also find the permanent ’Creative Collective’ shop in the heart of Berkhamsted.

Harpenden shop: 8&, 8 Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2TL, opposite Waitrose

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Sundays 9.30am to 3.30pm

Menswear from Purple

An array of books, cards and confectionary offers at WHSmith

‘Threads has a fabulous selection on Father’s Day cards and gift ideas in stock,  and would encourage you to shop as soon as you can, to help them with social distancing.

Serena Hart a range of gorgeous Father’s Day gift ideas.

Gingko Smart Moon Lamp

The extraordinary levitating Smart Moon Lamp from Gingko suspends from a strong in-built magnet and emits a striking ethereal light; it makes a perfect gift for tech lovers.

TA Interiors American Pelican Print

The perfect gift for interior lovers, this Pelican Print makes reference to the hand-coloured Aubudon print from the 1800s and has a unique round frame.

Sophie Allport Highland Stag Wash Bags

Stylish and practical, the zipped wash bag from Sophie Allport - in beautiful Highland Stag canvas fabric - makes an excellent gift.

GOOD SPORTS Special offer.

10%  discount off all goods when you mention ‘Harpendia’.


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