Dryden’s former shop to become travel agents

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Spalding Market Place is set to go places again – now a local travel agent is planning to move in and give a dilapidated former jewellers a face-lift.

Since 2008, when Dryden’s closed, the building near the South Holland Centre and the town’s two department stores, Hills and Beales, has become an eyesore.

A ‘For Sale’ sign was removed this week creating a lot of excitement about who is moving into the building.

The Spalding Guardian can reveal the new owners are Spalding Travel, now based in Swan Street. It will join three other travel agents in the town centre – Lincolnshire Co-op, Co-operative Travel in Beales and Thomson.

Dryden’s had an 80-year family association with the town before the shop closed in 2008.

It was opened by watch repairer William Dryden on the advice of family friend Mr Gibbs, of the town’s Gibbs shoe shop.

Dennis Hannant, town centre manager, said: “It’s good news for the town that this area is being tidied up.”