Harleston Cornucopia expands with opening of second store

New antiques and vintage centre in Harleston. l-r Ivan Philpott cuts the ribbon, Glen Philpott, and David Charles ANL-160313-122120005
New antiques and vintage centre in Harleston. l-r Ivan Philpott cuts the ribbon, Glen Philpott, and David Charles ANL-160313-122120005

A Harleston antiques business says it is hopeful customers new and old enjoy its expanded range of niche offerings, after opening its second store in the town last weekend.

Cornucopia at the Corn Exchange, a shop in Exchange Street which hosts various vintage shop-fronts, galleries and museum areas, unveiled its second venue in Redenhall Road on Saturday morning, at the former site of the disused Duke William pub.

Known simply by the name of Cornucopia II, the new shop retains the building’s period features and, according to the owners, it aims to broaden Cornucopia’s wares, having outgrown the first store due to high demand from vendors.

Glen Philpott, co-owner of Cornucopia along with David Charles, told the Diss Express: “We had a great turnout (at the opening). Everyone is so pleased we haven’t gutted the place and everyone is saying how good the place looks.

“The comments have been brilliant. They are so glad to see the building used again.

“I would like to thank everybody who turned up for their support. We hope they carry on enjoying it.”

Following the official ribbon cutting, local police officers Jim Squires and Pete Williamson, provided complimentary rides between the two Cornucopia stores, using two vintage rickshaws.

Also attending was special guest Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk, who was impressed by the turnout and the breadth of items on offer.

Explaining the thinking behind extending the Cornucopia brand, Mr Philpott said: “The first one took off really well, but we had run out of space. Then we saw the Duke was up for sale.

“My thoughts are when pubs shut down, they shouldn’t be turned into homes.

“We bought it and kept all the original features, including the bar and the cellars.”

Although Cornucopia II will have a mixture of items on sale like the first shop, Mr Philpott said the primary difference with its Corn Exchange counterpart was a greater focus on large antique furniture, as well as new types of products, such as an upstairs section dedicated to vintage American clothing.

“We are both so pleased we have been able to breathe new life into another redundant building for the enjoyment of the town and equally pleased that the Cornucopia brand is expanding,” he added.

To contact Cornucopia II, call 01379 852275 — or for more information, visit www.harlestoncornucopia.co.uk