As another unique champion for small independent business is set to open in Park Mall this December, it would seem that activity is happening in the centre at an exciting rate.
One person who couldn’t be more delighted about the opportunities for small businesses in the town is Kate Tompsett, owner of one home-grown and exclusive online shop, Happy & Glorious.
Kate built her design-led brand online over the past few years and opening her very own shop to sell her gift-ware on the high street has been a long time coming.
After deciding to take a leap of faith and become a part of the Park Mall regeneration story, Kate will be opening her very own kiosk on the 14th December this year. Kate said:
I am so thrilled to be bringing Happy & Glorious back to Park Mall. I took part in Popup Ashford in March 2014 and the support that I received from customers, fellow entrepreneurs and the council was fantastic. Park Mall is a great space with huge potential and I look forward immensely to being part of a thriving community of independent businesses.
Park Mall now boasts a 13% higher footfall than the equivalent period last year and the number of empty shops in the town centre is falling each month. The average daily footfall in the High Street in October 2015 was 35% higher than October 2014.
Regeneration Manager, Jo Wynn-Carter explained:
Residents told us they wanted Park Mall revitalised and I am delighted that this is happening. The evidence tells us that more people are coming to the town centre and that the improvements being made are creating a more attractive place to visit, shop and enjoy. Quality independent retailers are forming the backbone of the new Park Mall and we are so happy that the success story is continuing for our PopUp traders.
This just shows that the projects that we embarked on as part of our Portas Pilot status have been a catalyst for bringing new traders into the town.