Stockton's Enterprise Arcade is moving to an interim new home just around the corner.
The current Enterprise Arcade at 147 High Street will close at 5pm tonight (23 July) so that the traders based there can move to Unit 19 (next to Top Shop in Wellington Square) while refurbishment works on the Arcade’s new, permanent base are completed.
The interim Arcade in Wellington Square will open on Saturday (26 July) ahead of the new, larger Enterprise Arcade opening at 35-37 High Street in the Autumn.
In the meantime shoppers will find the following traders at the interim Wellington Square unit:
- Poppy Rose which sells a range of uniquely handcrafted gifts, jewellery and homewares
- Expressions Re-Born Babies which specialise in making and selling re-born dolls
- Samantha Grig Knitwear which offer luxury handmade knitwear
- The Little Soap Room which provides handmade soap and bath products
- The Enterprise Arcade will also welcome Funky Boutique Furniture selling shabby chic items.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “If you haven’t visited the Enterprise Arcade before why not pop along this summer and take a look at the special, high quality items the independent traders are selling.
“I hope the new prominent position in Wellington Square will entice even more shoppers to pay the Arcade a visit. With such a vast array of goods on offer you won’t be disappointed.
“It is an exciting time for traders in Wellington Square with the new owners, Lunar Stockton, recently taking over. I would like to thank Lunar and Wellington Square’s Manager, Rob Gildersleeve for all they have done to accommodate the Enterprise Arcade and make the traders move as smooth as possible. I’m certain the presence of the Arcade will encourage even more people to shop in Wellington Square and the other shops which are located there. Meanwhile, the Enterprise Arcade traders will benefit from the experience of trading from a privately owned shopping centre ahead of their move back onto the High Street when the new Arcade at 35-37 High Street opens for business later in the year.
“Just last week it was reported to Cabinet that the percentage of void units in Stockton Town Centre in April 2014 was the lowest it had been in three years. This is really encouraging given the scale of the physical works under way in the town and is a sign of how Stockton is quickly becoming the place to be for new businesses, the popularity of the Enterprise Arcade is just one example of this.”
Stockton Council’s Enterprise Arcade provides low cost retail space to new businesses plus a full package of business support to potential retailers provided by “B-Supplied”.
The Enterprise Arcade opening hours are Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-5pm.
B-Supplied deliver the Council’s Enterprise Support Project. This includes promoting retail as a viable self-employment opportunity and mentoring people who are keen to develop a retail business. They also provide one-to-one support to existing Stockton Town Centre retailers and facilitate network meetings.
To find out more about the Enterprise Support Project contact the Business Engagement Team on (01642) 528384 or email [email protected]