The owner of a DIY store says she is hopeful a revamp of a South Tyneside shopping centre will go some way to boosting trade.
Susan Hope has run the Plastic Cladding Centre in Frederick Street, South Shields, after taking over the reigns from her son Derek two years ago.
We are quite hopeful with the new homes being built trade will increase.Susan Hope
Since then, she says she has seen a slow decline in trade but remains hopeful business will pick with the building of new homes as part of a multi-million pound regeneration of the area.
Plastic Cladding Centre was opened three years ago by father and son Terry and Derek Hope.
But when trade failed to pick up enough to sustain two households after a year, Terry left for pastures new, with mum Susan stepping in to take his place.
Mrs Hope, from South Shields, said: “I’ve been here two years now and since all the work has started in Frederick Street we have noticed a drop in trade.
“People just don’t think we are here anymore.
“But we are quite hopeful with the new homes being built it will lead to an increase in trade.”
The shop sells a range of plastic cladding for walls, ceilings and bathrooms as well as guttering and fascias.
The southern part of Frederick Street is being revamped as part of a £30m regeneration scheme, which will see the building of 223 new family homes across 5.6 hectares of land, which also incorporates the former Circatex factory site.
The new neighbourhood will provide a mix of social and private housing.
The Plastic Cladding Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm, and Saturdays, 10am until 4pm.
For information, visit http://www.theplasticcladdingcentre.co.uk