It’s encouraging to see that empty shop units in Ruddington village centre don’t stay empty for long.
Following the departure of Kellam’s secondhand store from High Street, work quickly got underway to convert the shop back to financial business premises. Many residents will remember this building as the long term home of Midland Bank/HSBC before the branch closure in April 2010. It was some eleven years prior to this that an agency for the Nottingham Building Society also closed in Ruddington – just across the road, at what is now Philo’s.
Well, after the merger of Nottingham Building Society and Shepshed Building Society, Ruddington’s existing Shepshed branch is moving from the current premises at 33 High Street, near The Green, to the more central location of 3-5 High Street. So, because of the rebranding, our village will have The Nottingham once again!
Andy Bayes, Head of Marketing and Sales Development at The Nottingham, told us “The move to these new and larger premises is great news for our customers and will provide both Nottingham and Shepshed Building Society customers with greater access to a broad range of financial services products such as mortgages and savings, insurance and financial planning. This move reflects The Nottingham’s commitment to the high street, current Shepshed customers and to Ruddington itself. Not only will the premises be larger, there will also be more staff available to serve existing and hopefully new customers in the years ahead.”
By Graham Wright