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28 October 2010
Mason Owen heralds a Southport retail revival
MERSEYSIDE based property agents
Mason Owen have spearheaded a retail revival of Southport’s shopping
Mason Owen has secured a total of eight retail properties in and
around the Lord Street area totaling at least £300k in rental income
per anum and an impressive 30,000 sq ft of retail space.
Furthermore, they are currently working to secure a further two
The spate of signings includes the sale of a 5,960 sq ft retail
premises at The Cloisters on Corporation Street to Taskers Sport and
Angling for £665,000.
Rob Markland of Mason Owen’s retail team said:- “This retail
revival is fantastic news for Southport town centre. Southport is an
attractive tourist and shopping destination but it has suffered
during the downturn. The town has a certain magic and people will
always visit the area but it’s good to see things progressing.”
The lettings secured by Mason Owen in Southport include household
names such as Greggs the bakers, frozen food retailer Cooltrader and
footwear companies Cushionflex and Famous Footwear. The new tenants
also include a number of independent coffee shops on Lord Street
including Esquires Coffee and relocation by Ermerson Menswear from
Cambridge Walks to Cambridge Arcade.
Mason Owen is working to secure a further two rental tenancies in
Southport town centre that are due to be completed later this month.
The news comes at a time when various parties interested in the
future of the town centre are looking at a number of schemes to
develop the areas retail. Sefton Council, Sefton Chamber of Commerce
and Southport Business Enterprise are all looking for opportunities
to encourage well known brand names and retail groups to the town.
Town centre manager Steve Booth said:- “These new lettings are
positive news for Southport. We need to attract more major retail
brands to the area to enhance the shopping experience as well as
continue to complement Lord Street and the independent retailers -
which will always remain the jewel in our crown. The diverse retail
offer in Southport has continued to attract a wide variety of
shoppers from around the area and beyond. Southport has an excellent
catchment area, with a lot of wealth within the area and we attract
millions of visitors every year.”
The holiday starts at
the Airport as ‘Happy Hour Fridays’ come to JLA
IN an initiative aimed at
bringing the fun back to air travel, Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA)
are to trial free entertainment, giveaways and flight prizes for
passengers travelling through the Airport this Friday, 29 October
A DJ from world renowned Liverpool nightclub Cream will be on hand
from 11am to 7pm, creating a party atmosphere in the Airport
Departure Lounge with passengers able to enter a competition for two
return tickets courtesy of easyJet, to Brussels, their latest
destination to be served from JLA.
A host of retailers throughout the Airport will also be joining in
the fun with staff in costumes offering various customer discounts,
food and drink tastings and even complimentary hand massages and
mini makeovers to help passengers look good as well as feel good
ahead of their flights.
The Airport hopes to roll out a year round program of similar
Matthew Thomas, Commercial Director for Peel Airports commented:- “Friday is often the day of the week when passengers set off on a
few days holiday or a weekend break and we want to give our
passengers a departure to remember by putting the fun back in to
travelling from JLA on Fridays. We have made a number of big
improvements at the airport recently, with work in the departure
lounge now nearing completion. This initiative will help to showcase
these improvements and is a way of saying thank you to passengers
for choosing to fly from here, giving them the opportunity to
experience a range of goods and services from various retailers
throughout the airport.”
Letters to the editor:- “Sweet Charity”
“AS a teenager, the most exciting
that Southport’s Lord Street gets is beige skirts and pearl
earrings. It’s not surprising that the majority of the younger
generation flock to Chapel Street where H&M and New Look have
recently opened, so new that the smell of wet paint still lingers in
the air. Until recently chains such as Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and
River Island had the monopoly over young customers. These shops draw
in consumers with atmospheric Indie music and up-to-date window
displays – shopping here becomes an experience, more of a night out
than a Saturday afternoon browse.
So what happens to Lord Street
while the monster chain stores are guzzling up all the young
customers? Presumably, the older generation would stick to their
territory, while the 13 to 25 age group would not think to venture
beyond Chapel Street. However, creeping up on the radar of fashion’s
trendiest are the once dismissed charity shops! Yes, that’s right.
Charity shops were at one time avoided at all costs by the fashion
pack; now the edgiest of fashionistas can be found rummaging through
rails of Save the Children and Oxfam in search of a one-off piece.
Charity shops are the latest way to update your wardrobe at low
prices. A lack of funds has always been an issue for students and
young people, making it difficult to stand out from the crowd. The
likes of Primark deliver ‘fast fashion’ but are not unique or made
to last. In charity shops however, there is always the possibility
of finding a wonderful designer label. With a bit of updating (new
buttons, shorter hemlines) a garment can look like it’s fallen off
the catwalk at London Fashion Week.
A major obsession at the moment is vintage; Lily Allen and her
sister Sarah Owen are in the midst of setting up their own business,
‘Lucy in Disguise,’ which rents and sells vintage outfits. With
influential people embracing all that is ‘old’, females are
practically running into these shops to snap up pieces from
yesteryear. For consumers who don’t wish to pay these inflated
prices, you can always snaffle a bargain at one of the many charity
Not only are charity shops useful for providing garments and
accessories, but they are vital money-raising organisations. Many
charities are desperate for donations and need every penny they can
get, so there is also the satisfaction that comes with helping those
in need. The next time you stroll past a second-hand shop, stop to
consider that inside there may lie a retro eighties jacket similar
to the one you have been coveting in the glossy magazines. For
teenagers there is no need to worry about saving for months for that
Zara dress or Mango skirt. Charity shops are coming to the rescue!”
Lydia Tomlinson aged 15.
Trading Standards Warns About Rogue Doorstep Traders
TRADING Standards officers in
Sefton are backing a national campaign which highlights rogue
doorstep traders offering winter home improvement services. The
Office of Fair Trading and Age UK have joined forces to warn people,
particularly those in later life, the vulnerable and their friends
and family, of the problem as winter approaches. The awareness drive
highlights the financial risks of being scammed and the emotional
toll it can take. It is being supported by resident agony aunt at
ITV's 'This Morning', Denise Robertson.
She said:- "I receive many letters from people who have been
swindled by illegitimate doorstep handymen. They often feel too
embarrassed to talk about it, even with their closest family and
friends. I hope that by bringing this issue into the open, people
will feel more comfortable to talk about it and also more confident,
if they are approached, to say no or ask for time to consider,
rather than agree to work on the spot."
While canvassing on the doorstep is not illegal and there are many
legitimate businesses selling to people in the home, rogue doorstep
trading is an ongoing problem in the UK. Last year, advice service
Consumer Direct received more than 5,300 complaints about traders
offering home maintenance work on the doorstep, a 16 per cent rise
from the previous year.
Sefton Council Trading Standards manager, Andrew Naisbitt, said:-
"Only in the past couple of weeks we have had complaints from
residents in relation to callers turning up on the doorstep offering
services. Some residents have also been contacted over the phone.
These have been in relation to roofing repairs and selling alarm
systems, the type of services people consider as winter approaches.
Work or service carried out by these traders is sometimes
unnecessary, of a poor standard, much more expensive than originally
quoted or not done at all. Our advice is to try and ignore such
sellers. If in doubt, call Consumer Direct on:- 08454 040506 or
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