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Many people including our mayor, Cllr Day (3rd from right), attended the preview-opening of the new wine merchant.

Many people, including several of our town councillors and our mayor, Cllr Jackie Day, raised a glass on Saturday morning to celebrate the opening of the newest shop to open in Whitchurch: Haynes, Hanson & Clark wine merchants.

(More photos and a short video is below).

The shop is located in the former Royal Mail sorting office on Church Street. The sorting and delivery office shut on May 2, 2009 and was completely renovated by Spencer Architecture of Upper Clatford, Andover.


The co-founder, Nick Clark was on-hand for Saturday’s preview day – the ‘official’ opening will be next Saturday after the final building works are complete – to welcome everyone into the company’s fourth shop.

Nick said, “People may have thought it was only wholesale in here, it’s not: people can walk in and buy a half bottle of wine out of the fridge.”

The company website states, “Although known for our superb range of Burgundy, Bordeaux and Loire Valley wines, our list includes top examples from around the world.”

Charles Stanley-Evans, the sales manager at their Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire shop, is assisting the new Whitchurch shop’s sales manager Simon Yorke during the initial opening. Simon commented that Whitchurch is a highly desirable location for a shop as there are four big, easily accessible towns surrounding it, plus a London main-line train station and bus routes.

Sales assistant Charlie Murphy pointed out the large storage area in the back where they can package up wine into cases if you are purchasing several bottles. They can also deliver wine after you place your order either in the shop or through their website.

The architect of the renovation project, Clive Spencer, lived in Whitchurch and was also on hand at the preview opening. He pointed out that they hope to get BT to remove the telegraph pole from beside the entrance, and were grateful to BT for painting the Grade-listed telephone box in time for the shop’s opening.

Clive said that he is currently selecting a bicycle rack to install into the parking area, so that people can easily nip down to the shop and park their bicycle in their parking area.

The company is about to revamp its website, which you can find HERE. A video shot on the last day of the sorting office is on Vimeo HERE. Several BT telegraph poles in the town’s conservation area have been removed following a campaign, which you can read about HERE.

A short video of the opening is on YouTube HERE. Photos taken on the opening day are below…

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