Tour de France brought 'huge boom' for businesses in Redbridge

The queues outside Churchill's Fish and Chips in High Street, Woodford Green

The queues outside Churchill's Fish and Chips in High Street, Woodford Green

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The Tour de France brought with it huge benefits for businesses in the borough, according to the chairman of Redbridge Chamber of Commerce.

The race sped through High Street, Woodford Green, and Woodford New Road, South Woodford, around 3.30pm on Monday, with thousands lining the streets and queuing for food.

Geoff Hill, Chairman of Redbridge Chamber of Commerce, said businesses selling refreshments were reaping the benefits of the crowds.

He said: "There were huge numbers of people there and it was lunchtime, so it was inevitably going to be lucrative for businesses stocking food and drink.

"It was a huge boom time for them that I haven't seen before, there were really long queues of people wanting refreshments.

"Of course some businesses were inconvenienced by the closed roads but everyone was getting into the community spirit and I think overall it was a really good thing for Woodford."

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3:31pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Yes it brought a huge boom for business but also cost some people money also as the could not leave their house to go to work as the roads were blocked off and people had to take the day off to look after their kids so there were winners and losers.
Yes it brought a huge boom for business but also cost some people money also as the could not leave their house to go to work as the roads were blocked off and people had to take the day off to look after their kids so there were winners and losers. Villagecranberry
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