County town move for Sussex Wine Co

02 May, 2008

One of the best-known independent wine merchants in East Sussex has relocated from its original home in Eastbourne to the county town of Lewes.

The Sussex Wine Company, owned by Ben and Georgie Furst, is now in a bigger shop in Market Street, which Ben says is not plagued by the problems he was facing 15 miles away.

"Eastbourne was a disaster area for a quality independent trying to survive , with all the parking restrictions that came in," he said. "It's been destroyed by the council - we lost virtually all our regular retail business. Thank goodness we were building up the internet and mail order side. Lewes is lovely - it has its own parking issues but at least you can park in the centre of town.

"The shop is twice as big and I've got a back office which is better for storage and despatching and things like that. The front shop is like a sweeping L-shape and you see all the products laid out. It's lighter and more airy and we're in a very good position just off the high street."

Sussex Wine Company competed for business in Eastbourne with Cooden Cellars - set in an area with fewer parking worries - and now enters the catchment area of the Harveys Brewery shop, which boasts a specialist wine range.

The store's new telephone number is 01273 477205.

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