The new owners of the Dickleburgh Village Store say they are looking forward to their latest challenge — and believe they have found the blueprint to make it a success.
Mike and Karen Humphries, who have run the Kenninghall Stores and Post Office for the past four years, have taken on the premises from Bob and Sue Greenwood after more than 14 years.
Mr Humphries, who said he and his wife both had retail backgrounds, boosted sales at their Kenninghall store by offering fresh, local produce, including coffee and fish — and added the couple would be spending “a lot of money” in refitting the store in Dickleburgh.
“The plan is to keep it a nice village store, but to refit it and increase the size of it downstairs on the bottom floor by about a third, over the next three to six months.
“We are planning on spending a lot of money on it, for a new floor, new ceiling, new furnishings and fittings, and new fridges.
“We are trying to get it as a modern village convenience store, giving great choice, prices and service.
“I think village stores are immensely important,” he continued.
“They are the centre of the village almost. Everybody comes in and goes out.
“Without them, people have to travel a long way. The nearest shops are six miles away in Diss.
“It is good fun being a shopkeeper within a shop in a village, as you get to know everyone.
“We are looking forward to the challenge, as it is always a challenge, but an enjoyable one, and we are looking forward to getting to know the villagers.”
Mr Humphries also praised the work of their predecessors, adding: “I think they have done a very good job.”
The departing Mr Greenwood added: “You really get to know a lot of people and we would like to express our thanks to everyone for their support.”