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Traders launch petition for free parking

Traders in Stone have launched an appeal for free parking in the town to attract more people to shop local. A petition started by Helen Quinton, manager of Francesco’s on the High Street, has been signed by 37 town businesses and, after getting the backing of the town council, will be presented to Stafford Borough Council, which operates Stone’s three ...

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25th anniversary for Regent Travel

  Regent Travel, Stone’s independent travel agent in the High Street, celebrated its 25th anniversary in November. Owner David Barrett set up the business back in 1986, with their first offices in the town in the building where Thorntons is now based. The business moved to its current location across the road in 2001. David said the way that holidays ...

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Digital boost for Hylands

The digital switchover that started today has certainly provided a boost for Hylands electrical store. The High Street shop has seen a flood of enquiries and sales over the last few days as many people in the town left it late to make sure they could still watch the telly. The analogue BBC2 service in the West Midlands was switched ...

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High Street pet shop closes its doors

There’s confusion over the future of Stone’s High Street pet shop after Sean’s Pet Emporium closed its doors. The store – which also houses the Furry Towers pet hotel – closed its doors last week, with a notice in the window giving “health” as the reason. A new note this week says the closure is temporary and that a new ...

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Ethel Austin saved from closure

Stone’s Ethel Austin store has been saved from closure after the national clothing chain was bought from an administrator by a retail entrepreneur. The future of the Stone store was thrown into doubt back in June after former owners went into administration. The High Street store chopped its trading space in half and had been selling off stock for the last ...

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Success again for Versaleaf

A group of young entrepreneurs from Alleynes High School represented the West Midlands at the national finals of this year’s Young Enterprise competition. The Alleyne’s team, Versaleaf, represented the West Midlands at the HSBC National Innovation Award at The Savoy in London last week. Versaleaf were one of 12 student companies competing at the event. They took part in an ...

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Stone entrepreneurs make national final

What a win! Versaleaf celebrate their West Midlands victory at Birmingham University A group of young entrepreneurs from Stone have made the national finals of the Young Enterprise competition after they won the West Midlands regional final on Friday night. Versaleaf, the Young Enterprise team from Alleyne’s High School, beat other teams from across the West Midlands to make the ...

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Jacques cafe closes its doors

Jacques cafe in the High Street shut down on Saturday. Jacques Cafe & Interiors took on the premises from the Delicious cafe, which transferred to the Trentham Estate a couple of years ago. Its closure leaves another empty unit in the town centre. Hopefully, it will be reoccupied soon. The closure comes as another business in town faces a very ...

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Ethel Austin store at risk of closure

The future of the Ethel Austin store in the High Street has been thrown into doubt after new owner Life & Style retail went into administration. The company was formed from the remnants of the Ethel Austin fashion chain, which collapsed in March last year, resulting in the closure of stores around the country, including in Stafford. Simon Bonney, the ...

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Customers hope to dial up FA Cup success

Stone’s M-viron mobile phone shop has pledged to pay back all money spent in its Stone store on Saturday if Stoke City triumph in the FA Cup Final. Managing director Sarah White says she will be rooting for Stoke City – even though she stands to lose thousands of pounds. “I will definitely be celebrating with friends and colleagues if ...

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