A parade of shops in the old heart of Corby is being given a facelift.
Work will start this week on transforming the shops in The Jamb in the Old Village.
Corby Council has appointed the Gelder Group to carry out the £20,000 renovation project, which is expected to take about five weeks to be completed.
The frontage of six shops in the parade are being upgraded.
Work will include repairs on the roofs and chimney stacks, as well as the replacement of seven old windows and frames.
Special attention will be given to The Jamb’s conservation area status, ensuring that the new windows and materials fit into the surrounding area.
Dave Hadden, of D & L Hadden, a traditional butcher’s shop, welcomed the facelift.
He said: “Any improvements to the area will be good.
“I’m pleased the shops are going to be upgraded.
“I’ve been here for 15 years and the Old Village is a special part of the town.
“It would be good to see a few more traders in this part of the town and a bit more activity.
“I suppose it’s the old story of asking people to either use or lose the facilities that they have.
“We welcome anything that boosts trade and improves facilities in the area.”
The parade of shops includes The Chocolate Shop, a butchers, Classic Salon, Wilco car parts store, a takeaway restaurant, Bonnie Brides and Grooms, which sells wedding outfits, a travel firm and a beauty salon.
Leader of Corby Council Cllr Tom Beattie said he hoped the renovation scheme would give trade in the Old Village a boost.
He said: “The parade of shops was highlighted as in need of repairs and improvements.
“The work being carried out aims to give the area a new lease of life that will attract more people to the shops in the area.
“The renovation project for The Jamb is part of our commitment to improving the environment.
“We also hope to provide a more inviting public place in Corby Old Village for residents and shoppers to enjoy.”