Garden Centre closure paves way for craft store

Scunthorpe shoppers will be able to?visit?a new store from the New Year when it opens in a well-known location.

A new craft store is opening in Scunthorpe following the closure of the Stephen H Smith Garden Centre.

Trent Valley Crafts is set to open in January and will sell a variety of goods for card-making and scrapbooking.

The garden centre, which had its own craft department, shut in November to make way for a new retail park on Doncaster Road in Scunthorpe.

Linda Wardman and Theresa Needham decided to open the new shop, as they believe there is a gap in the market.

Theresa, 44, from Scunthorpe, worked in the craft department at the garden centre in Scunthorpe, for 28 years.

And Linda, 57, from Scotter, said: “This is the first time we have had our own shop.

“There is nothing like this locally. There is definitely a market out there. There’s a has a big clientele.”

The store, on Doncaster Road, will be officially opened on Tuesday, January 7, by artist Lindsay Mason.

Lindsay designs stamps for top British?company?Personal Impressions, under the Lindsay Mason Designs brand, as well as papers, templates and other crafting products.

The closure of the garden centre came ahead of plans by the developers of the proposed ?23 million retail complex to start the groundwork.

Planning permission for the retail park, to contain Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, was granted by North Lincolnshire Council in March last year, despite objections from town centre traders and residents.

Mrs Wardman said the store would also be offering craft classes in the New Year.

She said: “It is more for cardmaking and scrapbooking.

“Scrapbooking is where you get an album and put photos in it and decorate it. We will also be doing craft classes out the back in scrapbooking, parchment and hopefully in the New Year, we will be doing jewellery.”

Mrs Wardman said anyone can come in and book classes, for a fee. The store will be open Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.


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