SOUTH Shields town centre has received a double boost after a former retailer returned to her roots and a store revamp.
Lesley Annz ladieswear store in the town’s Denmark Centre closed at the end of last year after its owner Lesley Dawson decided not to continue with the lease but, 12 months on, she has taken on the empty unit between the Market Cobblers and Herons frozen foods store in the Market Place.
In many ways it’s a ‘coming home’ for Mrs Dawson – who worked in the Market Place’s former New Image store for 15 years.
Mrs Dawson said: “I was in the Denmark Centre for 18 months and we did get a lot of trade from the ladies at the Mecca bingo hall.
“The only drawback was that there wasn’t a lot of other passing trade.”
South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ernest Gibson and Mayores Patricia Ridley, also officially opened the newly revamped Clarks Shoes, in King Street.
Employing a dozen staff, the shop is a franchise of Clarks Shoes, which is owned by John Eliot Footwear Ltd.
Chris Davies, manager, said: “We were privileged to have the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside to officially reopen our South Shields shop.
“The refit comes at an exciting time for the town centre, as we are fully behind the South Shields 365 town centre vision programme.”