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Boost to high street as closed mobility store to reopen

PUBLISHED: 13:15 25 November 2019 | UPDATED: 13:15 25 November 2019

Beactive Mobility is to reopen its store on Mere Street in Diss. Picture: Simon Parkin

Beactive Mobility is to reopen its store on Mere Street in Diss. Picture: Simon Parkin

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A high street has received a boost after a mobility business that closed citing rising costs and parking woes has announced it is to re-open.

Beactive Mobility, which specialises in products for elderly and less-abled customers, shut its store on Mere Street in Diss in September after 11 years trading because of increasing overheads and changes to parking rules.

The family-run business, which also has shops in Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as well as its headquarters in Lowestoft, said it was now to reopen the branch on January 2.

Managing director David Smith said: "There is still a difficulty there with parking to pick up and deliver customers goods and the council made it very difficult.

"The store is always on the edge of break even, it is quite expensive to be in Mere Street, but we are going to give it another go for a year and see how it goes."

Mr Smith said staffing issues had also been behind the closure. "In this industry it is not easy to replace staff because there is a lot of product knowledge required. But we now have someone who has been trained up to go in there in the New Year," he said.

Diss has suffered a number of business closures in recent months, including the McColls store on Mere Street, next to Beactive, which closed earlier this month.

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