ANDOVER’S high street may have lost four major high street brands in less than a month - but councillors are promising a new era of independent outlets.

In an interview with the Advertiser, councillor Phil North said the town is rebranding itself as a shopping destination with independent retailers.

And already seven new stores have opened in recent months, including the likes of Burgos Pet World in what the council hopes is a shift towards smaller businesses finding their feet in Andover.

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- Dad lost four limbs and half of his face after contracting flesh-eating bug

- Shopkeeper jumps into action after late-night crash in village

- Katie Piper back in town for special visit to school

- Cyclist gearing up to tackle 3,800-mile trip across America

- Father-of-two found dead in flat died of chronic alcoholism

- Photos as revellers celebrate the end of dry January

- Two pages of YOUR letters

- Two pages of local sport

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