A QUIRKY new business has been earmarked for a city centre shop which announced it was closing in 2020.

Ngai's Violins will be moving into the former lighting shop Nevitt of Worcester on Broad Street with plans for the building believed to include a violin shop and a cafe.

The new business has been welcomed by other businesses in Broad Street.

Tim Evans, of neighbouring business Toys and Games of Worcester, said Ngai's Violins is a family-run business and praised the upcoming move.

He said: "I think this new business will be really lovely for Worcester.

"Any family business coming to the city is always welcome."

According to Companies House, the business will include the manufacturing and sale of musical instruments and scores, and restaurant or café space.

Mr Evans spoke of similar plans for the venue though nothing has been confirmed by Ngai's Violins.

Worcester News has attempted to contact the business.

Nevitt Lighting was based in the city for more than 50 years but announced its closure in 2020.

It was launched by John and Enfys Nevitt in 1969, and was under the stewardship of their son, Andrew Nevitt, before its closure.

Mr Nevitt said he was forced to close down the business for a myriad of reasons, including business rates, parking costs.

The businessowner said at the time: “After more than 50 years of trading, one of Worcestershire’s oldest established businesses will sadly close this year [2020].

“We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the years and also our loyal staff who have remained with us through the good and not so good times.”

Branding for the business has appeared on the windows outside announcing that it would be coming soon. However, no official date for the opening has been announced.

According to Companies House, the business was incorporated on Monday, June 12.

Traders in lower Broad Street were plagued with low footfall after damage caused by 2021's Storm Arwen forced the building which houses Poundland to close.

Work has been ongoing ever since the storm with traders asking for more help to advertise the street is open after large scaffolding blocked the pavement.

The scaffolding has now been scaled back and advertising has gone up to highlight the shops affected by the closure.

A new Poundland has opened at the former Wilko store on Worcester's High Street.