Denmead Village News set to go under the hammer

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A WELL-LOVED village newsagents is to go under the auctioneer’s hammer.

The closed sign was turned at Denmead Village News for the last time at the end of August when owner Ellen Hunton decided to retire.

The newsagents has been in its current location in Hambledon Road for two decades, and was staffed by both Ellen and 25-year-old Lawrence Raffle pictured, who first got a job in the shop as a teenager.

The shop will go up for auction at the Ageas Bowl, Hedge End, on Friday, November 4, as part of 22 lots being sold.

It is being sold along with the two flats above it for a guide price of £270,000 to £280,000.

Rob Marchant, auctioneer at Clive Emson, and a familiar figure on BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer, will be presiding over the auction.

He said: ‘With the economy now in recovery, instead of rescue mode, we can expect to see bidders looking to commercial property to generate income amid record-low interest rates.’

Also included in the auction are a builders’ store in Alexandra Street, Gosport, a former greengrocers’ in the town, and a hair and beauty salon in central Fareham.