Why Shop in Ampthill?

Do Your Shopping in Ampthill?

Ampthill is a "historic market town" that still serves as a commercial centre for surrounding villages. The town has a plethora lively pubs, a wide variety of restaurants (indeed you can sample quisine from all over the world), a Waitrose supermarket and a selection of small independent specialist shops. A number of small businesses such as solicitors, estate agents, financial services, hairdressers, and music schools are also located in town, with larger businesses to be found on the commercial and industrial developments on the outskirts, along the town's bypass. Part of Ampthill's enviable charm however, is that it has retained much of its 'olde worlde' feel, as the town boasts a traditional butchers, bakers, cobblers, chemist, antique shops and a bespoke tailor.

If you live in Ampthill or are considering visiting the town here are a few reasons for doing so in terms of the types of shops and businesses on offer:

  • A Waitrose Supermarket  
  • 7 Public Houses
  • Restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican & a number of Coffee Shops & Takeaways
  • Antique Stores
  • Clothing - designer, bridal & bespoke tailor
  • Hairdressers/Beauty Treatments
  • Gift Shops (including kitchenware)
  • Carpet Shop
  • Traditional Sweet Shop
  • Post Office
  • Newsagents
  • Florists
  • Musical Instrument Retailer
  • Galleries/Picture Framer
  • Estate Agents/Financial Advisors
  • Jeweller/Goldsmith's
  • Chemist
  • Furniture Retailers
  • Butchers
  • Bakers
  • Cobblers
  • Dry Cleaner
  • Scooter Retailer
  • Car Sales (Used & New)
  • Interior Design Studios
  • Kitchen Showroom
  • Toy Shop  
Ten Reasons to Shop Locally
  1. Protect Local Character and Prosperity - By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain diversity and the distinctive flavour of the community
  2. Community Well-Being - Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining and linking neighbours and contributing more to local causes.
  3. Local Decision Making - Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions.
  4. Keeping Money in the Local Economy - Your money spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impactn your community as money spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs and promote community devel­opment.
  5. Jobs and Wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
  6. Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship fuels England's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
  7. Public Benefits and Costs - Local shops require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services
  8. Environmental Sustainability - Local shops help to sustain vibrant, walking distance shopping areas, which in turn are essential to reducing car use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  9. Saves Food Miles - Local shops.will often sell local produce there for reducing food miles and also supporting other businesses
  10. Local shops are for everyone - Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the elderly, the vulnerable, young people and those without private transport. Keeping your shops open by buying locally helps the whole community.