12:48PM, Sunday 08 March 2015
A familiar shop in Windsor is set to be given a new lease of life.
Estate agent S John Homes is set to become the new occupiers of the former Windsor Angling Centre, which closed last year after 40 years of serving the town’s fishing enthusiasts.
The shop, in St Leonards Road, is owned by Malcolm Hicks, who called time on his retail career in October to enjoy his retirement.
New occupants S John Homes, who have had a shop in Colnbrook since 2007, are now looking to expand with their new Windsor home which is due to open later this month.
The family business is run by Steve and Melina Holliday, along with their son and keen fisher, Nathan.
“We knew it was obviously the single and only angling shop in Windsor, we all enjoy a bit of fishing anyway so we went in there quite often,” said Nathan, who knows owner Malcolm.
“The shop was always so welcoming, it sold everything you could want. It was about the only place you could get fresh maggots. He’s a really nice chap, you never felt unwelcome in the shop.”
The estate agent originally enquired about the shop next door to Malcolm’s in August when they first became aware of the angling shop being up for sale.
The new premises starts an exciting new chapter for the business as it expands into the family’s home town.
“It is going to be incredible exciting really, a new market, completely different,” added Nathan.
The former Windsor Boys’ School pupil joked there was no pressure in establishing itself in one of the town’s most recognised landmarks, and added he hoped the business will be able to continue the family run tradition of the premises.
“Malcolm was very generous about helping us and redecorating. I think he likes to think it has gone to a family business and hopefully he finds us trustworthy.
“We will always sort of welcome him back and he’s quite happy about it going to us,” he said.
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