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Article & photos by Paul Wright, 2024
High Street - new in 2024

We had a Maypole, which sat beside what was Woolworth’s in the High street, several Co-Op shops located all around Rushden, which covered just about every mortal need.

A Fine Fare was also a High street dweller, a Kwiksave, a Budgen’s which was next to the Post Office in College street. But alas these have now all disappeared, and to be replaced by what?

Two new food ventures have opened down our High street, and are catering towards a continental palate. You may be wondering what is on offer? The tastes of Albania and Turkey, if you fancy it.

Located in southeast Europe, on the coasts of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas, both part of the much larger Mediterranean Sea, Albanian food is representative of the widely known Mediterranean cuisine, recognized by many as the healthiest diet in the world.

If you would like some of that, Rushden Food Centre welcomed customers when it opened on October 27th, 2023, in the unit that had been occupied by Peacocks.

Food Centre
Rushden Food Centre now fully open.

entrance inside
Regal for Rushden.

During refurbishmnent
During refurbishmnent - upstairs is now residential.

And Food plus Europe is next door to Thing-Me-Jigz.

The question is, are we all wishing to eat a more varied diet, or is Rushden now more Cosmopolitan in it’s make up? The precise answer to that question, I cannot not answer with any knowledge.

Food plus
Food plus Europe

'Thing-me-jigz' made use of the pavenment space
for bedding plants during the refurbishment.

Over in Higham Ferrers a new sandwich shop and delicatessen has sprung up. They are called Spinneys Sandwich Deli, and are at 3 Market Square, Higham Ferrers.

Evidently Hopmaster pub has not survived, and has now closed in Rushden, they had traded for a few years, in what was the former Post Office in College Street, and down at Rushden Lakes.

Leaving the High Street were the card shop Occassions, and the former jewellers Crystelle Belle.

So the face of Rushden High Street is changing; it is 2024.

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