A WHOPPING 30 new businesses have opened their doors in Mold during the pandemic.

Despite the unprecedented challenges and hardships facing businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, Mold continues to buck the trend the of failing high streets.

New businesses to open range from a wafflehouse to a gym, and even more are in the pipeline.

Mayor of Mold, Councillor Sarah Taylor, said: “Mold is on the up, and that is down to our fabulous traders and businesses and the loyal local population supporting our town centre.

"During the pandemic, our traders overnight had to become incredibly creative and inventive in the manner in which they delivered their offers, many had to create websites, embark upon home deliveries and learn how to use social media, more or less overnight.

"Thankfully all of our businesses have survived the pandemic and reopened in one way or another, this is testament to the service they provided locally and the loyalty they have built within the community."

As well as the 30 new businesses in the last 16 months, 10 have expanded and at least four new ones are in the pipeline.

Since becoming mayor just eight weeks ago, Cllr Taylor has attended the opening of six new shops within the town.

Cllr Taylor said: "Here in Mold, we have an extremely high occupancy level at just over 94 per cent - which is incredible and it is as a result of all the new and expanded shops and services that have located in Mold.

"Our vacancy rate is just less than 6 per cent which is significantly lower than the average of the country and we are working hard to reduce this further."

She added: "Mold is a fantastic town, to live, work, or visit, and I am incredibly proud to be the mayor for this year.

"It's a privilege to see the magic returning to our town after a difficult 15 months, and with the support of our traders, businesses, our partners with whom we work, the visitors to the town, and most importantly the local community, I hope that we will continue to go from strength to strength.

"Mold is bouncing back, and it's fantastic."

A full list of the businesses which opened in Mold during the pandemic is as follows:

Aesthetics & Beauty by Jade opened on Chester Street in April, 2021

Alpha Cycle Worx opened on Bromfield Ind Estate in June, 2020

Antiques, Ephemera and Display signs opened on Wrexham Street in October, 2020

Bliss Lingerie Ltd opened on Earl Road in June, 2021

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Cambria Costume House opened on High Street (Upper) in May, 2021

CJ's Traditional Farmstyle Cooking opened in the Indoor Market in September 2020

Cravin cupcakes opened in Daniel Owen Precinct in July, 2021

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Daltonwood opened in Indoor Market 2020

Daniel Morris Butcher opened on High Street (Upper) in February, 2021

Eddy's Barbers opened on New Street in July, 2021

Eyelicious opened on Earl Road in November, 2020

FACE Ltd opened on Chester Street in July, 2021

FLINTSHIRE MOTORCYCLES opened on Bromfield Ind Estate March, 2020

G Styles opened second shop on Wrexham Street

I-Lift opened on Bromfield Industrial Estate in March, 2021

JS-PT Health Studio Mold opened on Gas Lane in September, 2020

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Mancave opened on Wrexham Street in June, 2020

Morgans Builders Merchant opened on Denbigh Road in February, 2021

P&L Furniture opened in Indoor Market

Paolo’s opened on High Street (Upper) in November, 2020

Poundland opened in Ambrose Lloyd Centre, New Street in June, 2021

Pwdin Bach opened in Daniel Owen Precinct in June, 2021

Reach your Peak (Fitness Gym New Street) opened on Ruthin Road in May, 2021

Sliding Robes opened on Wrexham Street in March, 2021

Thai Kitchen (takeaway) opened on Bromfield Industrial Estate in July, 2020

The Gathering opened (May 2020) on Earl Road and expanded in June 2021.

The Gold Vape opened on Chester Street in December, 2020

The Organic Stores opened on Bromfield Industrial Estate in April, 2021

Waffle Box opened on Earl Road in May, 2021

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William Gleave Estate & Letting Agents opened on Bromfield Industrial Estate in August, 2020

Y Baedd Bach opened and expanded at The Cross

Joanna Douglass, business and regeneration officer for Mold Town Council, said: "It is wonderful to welcome yet more new businesses and shops to Mold and to see some of our many established businesses expand.

"Never has it been so important to shop locally and use local services to support our businesses here in Mold."

Helping the town succeed is the Totally Mold voucher scheme. Totally Mold Vouchers can be purchased via https://www.totallymoldvouchers.org.uk/buy-vouchers and can be used in 84 Mold businesses.

Miss Douglass added: "According to Totally Locally, if every adult in Mold, spent just £5 a week in our local shops and businesses, instead of online or outside the town it would be worth £2million going directly into our local economy.

"That means more jobs, a better high street and town, a stronger local economy and a nice place to live and visit for us all."