THE empty shops at the centre of a recent storm over the appearance of Marlow have been given a makeover.

There are three unoccupied units in Spittal Street, previously an Indian takeaway, Marlow Flooring and Mekong Oriental Boutique.

The buildings are being refurbished so traders had to move out.

But owner of Marlow Flooring Barry Young was recently highly critical about the state the street, saying it had left Marlow looking 'horrible'.

Now, landlord Sorbon Estates have erected new wraps on the shop fronts to improve the appearance.

Jonathan Gould, Senior Estates Manager, said: “Sorbon Estates appreciates that Spittal Street is a bustling gateway into the town centre and fully realises the need for it to look attractive and inviting during the period of refurbishment.

"We are very pleased with how well the wraps have been received and we will certainly look to use them again in the future, should the need arise.”

The company did not respond when asked how much it had spent on the wraps.

He said: “The shop wraps were installed to inform retailers and shoppers about our exciting plans to redevelop the properties in Spittal Street which will ultimately deliver improved retail space and new apartments.

“We chose a ladies fashion retail wrap to give a flavour for the type of retailer that could take the space.

"Our other Christmas wrap is just a bit of fun for the festive period to complement the Christmas lighting in Spittal Street.”