A shopping street in the Welsh town of Caerphilly has seen a change in fortune, since the arrival of its local Wetherspoon pub.
Clive Street, which had almost become deserted a couple of years ago, is now experiencing a boom in business – and local traders are thanking The Malcolm Uphill for the upturn in sales.
A building, known locally as Co Co’s discount store, which had been derelict and blighted the street for many years, was transformed into the pub and opened in October 2011.
In just over a year since the opening, the street has started to thrive again, with independent retailers and familyrun businesses benefiting from the local area investment.
Debra Hale, from Nice Gift Shop, told the Caerphilly Campaign newspaper: “Three years ago, the street was virtually empty. I ran a clothes shop for 20 years, but had to close down because business was so poor.
“Then, when the Wetherspoon pub opened, more people started to visit the street and more and more shops began to set up, so I decided to return.”