At least four new businesses are preparing to open their doors in Dockyard as the 2013 cruise season approaches, including what promises to be a major attraction — Bermuda Fun Golf (see separate story).
Another unique new business is Locust and Wild Honey, which is opening soon in the Clocktower Mall.
Owner Takisha Rogers, not wanting to give away too much, said the business would specialise in custom tee-shirts for visitors.
Ms Rogers, who owns Bermuda Sign Printers with her husband, said she felt there was a need in Dockyard for authentic Bermuda gifts. She said she was drawn to the area because of the booming visitor numbers during the cruise season and felt the Mall was an excellent location for a business.
Also opening in the Mall is Kolours, a plus-size clothing boutique. A frozen yoghurt store is also planned near the Dockyard Pastry Shop and an expanded Haagen Dazs ice cream store is planned for the Mall.
While four businesses in the Clocktower Mall decided to close at the end of last season, the new ones have taken most of the empty spaces, said Joanna Cranfield, Wedco assistant business development manager.
Closures in the Mall include the Daisy and Mac store, Chezars Seasons, Caesars Health Store and the Luxury for Less store.
Caesars Health Store closed to focus on its pharmacy in Somerset.
Ms Cranfield said there were still spaces and buildings for retailers and anyone with a business idea for Dockyard was encouraged to contact Wedco.
She said Wedco tries to keep a diversity of businesses in the area and doesnt accept every business idea put forward for the area.
Also: We want to really believe in the business plan and that it can work. Anybody interested, with a good idea, is encouraged to contact us.
She added: The business has to be well thought out and take in the market we have out here, of both locals and visitors. It is not a simple recipe for success just having a lot of people.