Lancashire shop hopes for return

The new Made In Lancashire shop, Wood St, St Annes.
The new Made In Lancashire shop, Wood St, St Annes.
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A TEMPORARY shop in St Annes has closed down – but with the ground-breaking venture it represented declared a success and the hope that it will be back in town very soon.

Traders’ chiefs have been quick to praise the success of the Made In Lancashire store in Wood Street, while the team behind it were delighted with the response from the public to its wide-range of home-grown products.

The shop, which was the first in a pop-up shop pilot scheme designed to give new life to vacant premises, closed at the weekend after occupying a former travel agency for three months.

St Annes Chamber of Trade chairman John Moxham said: “It was very well received and we hope to see Made In Lancashire back in St Annes, perhaps in bigger premises, sometime soon.”

Ella Trickett, Made In Lancashire’s food and rural development co-ordinator, said the shop had offered over 300 different lines of products, food and craft, including handmade biscuits, cakes, jams, chutneys, dried herbs, honey, marinades, fudge and chocolate, tea, crisps and confectionery.

The craft items included, drawings, jewellery, decorative fused glass pieces, greetings cards, clothing, up-cycled furniture, fashion accessories, wooden craft items, soaps and lotions and ceramics.

“The aim of the pilot shop was to open for a three-month period, inviting local producers to take space providing them with the opportunity to promote their business and sell products,” she said. “There were 20 suppliers featured in the shop, which was a venture between ourselves and Blackpool-based Social Enterprise Solutions.

“We wanted to see if there was interest from producers and consumers for this style of shop and its success is very much a testament to the knowledge and enthusiasm of the three members of staff and their open and friendly manner.

“Customers were very interested in the local aspect of the products and who the producer was behind the product. They have been very supportive of the shop, purchasing a mixture of products, and attending different producer events that have been organised. W

“We had a very good sales period in the run up to Christmas with people buying bespoke presents and goodies for the festive season.

“Currently we are unsure what the future holds, but we have all enjoyed the challenge and working with the producers and meeting the customers, so we would very much like to see the Made in Lancashire shop return at some point in the future.”