A NEW homeware and fashion store has opened on Winchester's High Street.

Oliver Bonas has opened in the unit formerly occupied by Starbucks premises at 31 High Street.

The unit has been transformed and opened its doors on Saturday, June 4. It welcomed many excited customers over the Jubilee weekend.

The chain labels itself as an “independent British lifestyle store”.

Deputy manager of the Winchester branch, Matt Lynas, said the opening will provide the city with “quality homeware and fashion at accessible prices”.

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He said: “When you walk in the shop there’s pretty much a guarantee that you will find something you want.

"We’ve got loads of great fashion, loads of homeware, very colourful things.

Hampshire Chronicle: Oliver Bonas in Winchester's High Street

“Over the years Winchester has lost a lot of shops so there’s been a lot of empty units, so I think it’s great that a lot of brands are coming back onto the high street and build some more excitement.

“Everybody loves a new shop and this just suits Winchester down to the ground.”

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Local customers no longer have to travel to locations such as London or Southampton to get their Oliver Bonas fix. According to shop staff, customers have also been impressed with the size of the store.

Oliver Bonas first opened in 1993, in Fulham, London. Now, the retailer has nearly 80 shop locations as well as an online store.

Hampshire Chronicle: Oliver Bonas in Winchester's High Street

The chain originally submitted planning permission to Winchester City Council for the unit before the new year.

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