May 17, 2012
Three new businesses have opened at Queensgate Market since the end of April with a fourth to open later this month.
Stephen Taylor the Toy Trader opened on 28 April both buying and selling new and used toys and has already built up a loyal customer base. ‘Lots of parents have been coming to see the shop after being told about it at nurseries and school playgrounds. In these tough financial times selling unwanted toys is a great way for people to earn some money without the hassle of doing a Car Boot Sale or selling on eBay, and buying nearly new is also a boost to the budget.’
Accessories People an expansion of Cosmetics People also opened on 28 April and sells sunglasses and fashion accessories including the popular celebrity face masks, as well as branded perfumes, tanning products and make-up. Owner David Price- Baghurst said ‘the market is a great place but like any business you have to work hard to make it a success. We are building on the success of our existing shops Balloon People and Cosmetics People to offer even more choice to our customers and have regular special offers with our next promotional day on 26 May.’
Skulduggery by Witchcraft & Wiseman owned by Mother and daughter team Peggy and Sue Mullen opened their business on Monday 30 April and have definitely brought a new range of goods to the town centre. Selling clothing, jewellery, art and home accessories with an alternative twist. Rock, Goth, Punk and Mosh are the key themes of the stall. Owner Peggy said ‘customers are already stopping by to welcome us to the market and have a good look at the range of goods we have on sale. We have lots of ideas to expand the business over the coming months and years.’
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said ‘The Markets are a great place to start a new business and we are working hard to develop opportunities and to support local residents in start-up businesses. We need local people to continue to support our local economy by shopping locally and at independent shops and stalls whenever possible. I am particularly pleased that these new businesses are all owned by local residents and hope more people follow their example.’
A new card and handicraft stall is opening later in the month and with several more enquiries in the pipeline, the management team at Queensgate hope to be announcing even more new local business start-ups in the coming months.
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