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Burnham Market hat shop to expand

PUBLISHED: 14:39 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 07 July 2010

Gloria Hurn - hat shop expanding.

Gloria Hurn - hat shop expanding.

A Burnham Market hat shop that began life 20 years ago has expanded for the third time because of customer demand.

The Hat Shop has recently seen the addition of 900sq ft of floor space by extending above the adjoining family butcher's shop to create a country accessories room.

A Burnham Market hat shop that began life 20 years ago has expanded for the third time because of customer demand.

The Hat Shop has recently seen the addition of 900sq ft of floor space by extending above the adjoining family butcher's shop to create a country accessories room.

“When I began 20 years ago, I started with two rooms in a house fronting the village green,” said owner Gloria Hurn.

“Then it went to four, six, eight and then 11. Now I have an extension over the butcher's, but that's as far as I can go unless I go underground.

The shop - which has about 5,000 hats in stock - is thought to be the biggest hat shop in the country.

But as well as the business's core product, it also sells £1 pocket-money items - including toys and jewellery - for children, as well as jams and preserves. There is a candle room, a craft room and now, occupying part of the new extension, the country accessories room.

Mrs Hurn also has shops in Wells and Walsingham.

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