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Wish Upon A Gift shop opens in Sudbury with hope of helping to put town 'back on the map'



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A retail industry veteran has emphasised the importance of getting Sudbury thriving again and 'back on the map', ahead of embarking on a new solo venture this weekend.

Wish Upon A Gift will open its doors to customers today, as the latest outlet to set up shop in one of the new business units in East Street, established at the site of the former post office building.

Offering a range of gifts, including household ornaments, clocks and garden fixtures, the store has been set up by Long Melford resident Vicky Stebbings, who decided it represented an ideal opportunity to open her own business.

Wish Upon A Gift opens today. Picture by Mark Westley
Wish Upon A Gift opens today. Picture by Mark Westley

She told SuffolkNews that she feels Sudbury is still feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and she wanted to help kick-start the retail sector in the town.

“Sudbury has quite a few empty shops and we need to fill them,” said Vicky, who is also a Slimming World consultant. “We need to get Sudbury back on the map and thriving again.

“I’ve been in retail since I left school and I was a manager at Tesco. For the last couple of years, I’ve looked after a gift shop in Long Melford, but, when that was sold, I had to look for a new job and decided I would open my own shop.

Owner Vicky Stebbings at her shop Wish Upon A Gift. Picture by Mark Westley
Owner Vicky Stebbings at her shop Wish Upon A Gift. Picture by Mark Westley

“Gift shops are a lovely environment to be in. I know the market and I’ve got the contacts, so I thought, with all of my experience, it was the right time, and this is an ideal property in the centre of Sudbury.

“I live in Long Melford, but I know Sudbury and the people of Sudbury very well. It’s a lovely little town, but we need to get more businesses opening in the town.

“Everybody that I’ve spoken to is so excited for me,” she added.

Vicky has emphasised the importance of getting Sudbury thriving again. Picture by Mark Westley
Vicky has emphasised the importance of getting Sudbury thriving again. Picture by Mark Westley

Vicky said she is hopeful of making the new venture a success for many years and take her through to retirement, following a long career working in retail.

The 54-year old explained that, while the small unit will be a perfect starting point for the business, she is prepared to move to larger premises within Sudbury, if the level of trade outgrows the site.