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Norwich food store to reopen after fire destroyed shop

PUBLISHED: 15:26 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:23 15 May 2018

The Rainbow Wholefoods team at their new site. Picture: Adele Ridge-Ward

The Rainbow Wholefoods team at their new site. Picture: Adele Ridge-Ward

Adele Ridge-Ward

A food store is to reopen more than a month after a fire forced it from its city centre shop.

Rainbow Wholefoods will open the doors at its temporary home in Lower Goat Lane, the former Andy’s Record Shop and Rock Collection site, on Wednesday.

Owner Richard Austin said it would be a relief to reopen and thanked the community for its support during the time since the fire, with many offering to help fit out the new shop ahead of opening day.

A blaze gutted the Labour In Vain Yard shop at 8pm on April 11 with the building, which also has vegetarian restaurant Wild Thyme on its top floor, only saved due to neighbours reporting the fire at an early stage.

Rainbow, which sells health foods as well as vegetarian and vegan alternatives, has been based in Norwich for 41 years and Mr Austin has said it will be around six months before it can return to its original site.

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