A NUMBER of recently opened businesses have shown confidence in Mold, the town's manager has said.

Last month the Leader reported on the concerns of Dave Hill, town centre manager for Mold, following the closure of Dodd's Auctioneers and Valuers.

He told a meeting at Mold Town Council that efforts needed be made to find new business to take the place of those which close in order to maintain Mold's trading vibrancy.

But this week Mr Hill has told the Leader he has been very happy to see a string of new businesses opening in the town, as well as further planned openings in the near future.

He said: "Businesses still believe in Mold as a destination and continue to invest in the town, which is very encouraging.

"This is exactly what we need to see when some businesses are closing through retirement or not proving to be successful.

"That regular churn or traders keeps the town healthy."

The new recently opened businesses include a phone accessories shop and a butchers at Daniel Owen Precinct, a bike shop to the rear of the town's Co-op, an upholstery firm and a coffee shop on the cross and an eatery in Wrexham Street on the site of the former 'Burger Shed' as well as a cafe/bistro in Earl Road.

In the near future Mr Hill told the Leader there will also be a new barber shop in Upper High Street as well as a new charity shop at the Daniel Owen Precinct.

The meeting at Mold Town Hall last month also heard concerns about the upcoming move of hundreds of council workers from County Hall in Mold to Unity House in Ewloe.

But Cllr Sarah Taylor said: "Ultimately the release of that land and demolition of county hall will result in new housing being built there and further residents in Mold who will hopefully use the town as well."