A commercial business has been announced as the newest tenant for the Royal Arcade in a first for the historic shopping avenue. 

Hainstone is an independent firm of construction consultants which was established in 2019 and works with property developers on housing and infrastructure projects.

It will take up residence above Basil & Pip florists and Langley's toy store in a first for the Royal Arcade under its current ownership by LPC1 Limited. 

Norwich Evening News: The Royal Arcade currently has a number of empty unitsThe Royal Arcade currently has a number of empty units (Image: Newsquest)

The units have been almost exclusively occupied by retail businesses in recent history, making Hainstone the first of its kind for several years.

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Simon Ashdown, Royal Arcade director, said: "It's great that we have been able to repurpose the first-floor space so that it can be used as an office.

"We are making good progress with finding tenants to fill the remaining vacant ground floor units and expect to be able to announce news about these soon."

Hainstone will move in within the next few weeks and while it may be the first, a Royal Arcade spokesman said it had no plans for more non-retail businesses to move in at this time.