Despite tales of doom and gloom in the press about the demise of the High Street and the prospering of out of town centres and online retailers, The Furlong shopping centre is proud to be bucking the downward trend. With town centre vacancy rates doubling over the last two years, it’s a refreshing change to see new retailers join The Furlong. With its unique blend of independent shops mixed with big retail names clustered around a charming courtyard, The Furlong has attracted some exciting new stores in 2011 such as Fenn Wright Manson, the Boston Tea Party, The Forge Cycleworks and a new and enlarged AGA Store. All of whom have chosen Ringwood because of its excellent location and accessibility to the South Hampshire/Dorset region. These attributes, combined with its historic market town feel and affluent catchment, make The Furlong an attractive destination for both shoppers and retailers alike. This year also holds some exciting developments at the centre but you’ll have to watch this space.