Thornaby has a new indoor market.
Pavilion Place has moved into the former New Look store in the town centre and six traders have already taken space.
They include an eyebrow bar, a café for takeaway service, a mobile phone repair shop, a mens and ladies’ clothing store, a sweetie shop and a wax melts business.
There will be more to come – up to 20, in fact – and owner of the Pavilion Shopping Centre, LCP is on the look-out for more sign-ups to move into the busy shopping centre.
Sunny Singh noticed a gap for clothing once Roman fashion store closed, and the family’s first venture – New Image – was born.
He said: “I’ve lived in Thornaby most of my life, I love the town centre.
“Myself and my family are offering some great ladies’ and mens’ knitwear, trousers, casual clothing.
“This is our first business.
“We loved the idea of a indoor market for a real up-and-coming town and we are really excited in making this a success.
“There are six of us in there at the minute, it’s a really nice mix which is what you want.
“There are plenty of people out and about, we’re optimistic.
“People have been saying they need a shop like ours, it’s reassuring for us.”
Helen Brun and her husband Mark have moved her traditional sweets and cheesecakes shop, A Sweet Surprise, from Middlesbrough.
She was surprised at how bustling Thornaby town centre was.
“We weren’t sure initially,” she said, “but Thornaby really is a great place to be and it’s even busier than people give it credit for.
“It’s like a high street and we are in a prime position.
“This is the ideal place for people to come for a walk out, a bit of fresh air.
“From here, I’m looking at a coffee shop, wax melts shop, a brow place, a clothes shop.
“Thornaby people are lovely.
“It’s a very friendly place and it does feel like a great community spirit.
“All us independent traders just need that bit of support from everyone out there.”
Mark Horsfield, centre supervisor, said Pavilion Place Indoor Market was a springboard for newly set-up businesses.
Stalls are being offered a one-month rolling contract at a set price of £80 a week, inclusive of all utilities.
There is also a guarantee that no rents will be charged if lockdown rules change again, forcing retailers to close their doors.
Mark said it was a “great opportunity” for people to “see how having a stall would work for them”.
“It’s a financially risk-free option because there are no contracts that will tie tenants,” he said.
“If the last few months has shown us anything, it’s that there are many people out there trying their hand at a business, and by offering an affordable pitch it’s a good way for them to see how things can go.
“If things go really well for them, they could always decide to take on a shop unit.”
Thornaby town centre is also home to Asda, Wilko’s, Boyes, Home Bargains, Boots and Iceland.
Anyone interested in having a stall at Pavilion Place can contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org