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St Albans
Thursday, July 25, 2024


St Albans is not just good for its choice of shops but for the unique atmosphere it provides for shoppers. Traders have been coming here for centuries and many of the shop buildings show their age in the beautiful ‘crooked’ architecture! Markets take place in the city centre on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There is a farmers market on the second Sunday of every month.

Meet our new Big Issue vendor

'As we look ahead to 2011 it seems inevitable that an increasing number of people will find themselves at risk of homelessness.' (the Big Issue)

Fine wines in St. Albans

The Verulam Industrial Estate in St Albans is the location of the award winning Cellar Door Wines shop. Opened five years ago, this independent wine retailer has won the Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2008 award...

Dear Old Woolworths!

It was a sad day last month for the people of St Albans when one of their beloved shops, Woolworths, closed for the last time.

In a world full of plastic toys, it’s nice to feel the quality of...

This is the slogan of Little Wonders, the toy store that has deservedly won the 2009 Retailer of the Year award. It is one of the few specialist shops around that has a vast stock of original, ethical and high-quality toys. This little gem is located in the Maltings precinct. Their wooden toys, tables, chairs, games etc are bright, solid and have that nostalgic ‘forever yours’ feel about them.

Farewell to Borders Bookstore

On August 9th, Borders Bookstore in Colney Fields (south of St Albans) will close down. It has been operating here since April 2005 and has Starbucks Café and Paperchase on its premises. These too will clear out as New Look fashion ftore prepares to move in.

Welcome back to Starbucks and a brand new New Look!

In August this year, we experienced the closure of Borders Bookstore in Colney Fields Retail Park. Along with that, the popular Starbucks Café closed too. This weekend, the fashion store, New Look has opened in its place.

A Pound a Bowl – St Albans

When one door closes, another one opens; but not in the St Albans! In recent times, St Peters Street has witnessed so many closures and few openings. However, Tescos has moved into the old Woolworth premises and Poundworld has opened up where Tescos used to be.

New shops in the town centre

The recession has had a negative effect on many of St Albans shops. Woolworths was the first to go and many others like Tchibo, Jaeger and West One have followed. However, it is not all doom and gloom in St Albans town centre. Today, I came across three new stores.

The Christmas lights of St Albans are switched on!

It's official, the Christmas lights of St Albans are switched on! Entertainment and fun started yesterday at noon.By the afternoon, the town centre was filled with hundreds of happy little faces who were all set for the countdown with Santa, Elvis Schmelvis, Sarah-Jane Honeywell and The Little Mermaid Pantomine Stars.

St Albans-based ABA Market Research is calling on city residents to have their say...

Experts in retail research, ABA is looking for people to join their panels and voice their opinions on everything from retailers’ national advertising campaigns to the window displays in the local branch. So, do you think your opinions could help them to improve what the big hitters in the retail world sell in their shops and how they do it?


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The Alban Arena is a venue with a rich history of welcoming touring acts, some of which have gone on to world-wide fame - such as Dire Straits, who played there in 1978. I saw the legendary Rory Gallagher there in 1988, more recently The Waterboys and The Gorillaz have graced the stage. It is maybe a sign of the times that more tribute bands than original artists perform there these days. So when two of the UKs most respected musical artists were coming to the Alban Arena it was likely to be an evening not to be missed!