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Shop staff raring to re-open their doors four years after building was destroyed by fire

PUBLISHED: 12:53 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 30 July 2018

Fakenham's Original Factory Shop is about to re-open in its original location in Market Place, Fakenham, following a fire four years ago. Pictured is assistant manager Christine Cutts and store manager, Venetia Lake, along with staff members. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Fakenham's Original Factory Shop is about to re-open in its original location in Market Place, Fakenham, following a fire four years ago. Pictured is assistant manager Christine Cutts and store manager, Venetia Lake, along with staff members. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

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The team at Fakenham's Original Factory Shop are putting the finishing touches on their Market Place store, which is set to finally re-open four years after it was destroyed by fire.

Fakenham's Original Factory Shop is about to re-open in its original location in Market Place, Fakenham, following a fire four years ago. Picture: STUART ANDERSONFakenham's Original Factory Shop is about to re-open in its original location in Market Place, Fakenham, following a fire four years ago. Picture: STUART ANDERSON

Venetia Lake, store manager, said the shop would have a ‘soft opening’ on Wednesday (August 1) or Thursday, and would have a grand re-opening which begins at 8.30am on Saturday August 4, with special guests, birds of prey and activities.

Mrs Lake said the workforce had doubled to 16 - there were eight staff members before the fire - thanks to a partnership with the Job Centre.

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She said: “I believe we’ve been very much missed by the town, and we’re hoping that with us returning we’re going to be back at the heart of the community. It’s a big thing for Fakenham and it’s also a big thing for the company.”

Also attending the grand opening will be the police, fire brigade and town mayor George Archeson.

The shop is located in the Aldiss building.

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