Watercolour artist and homeware designer Meg Hawkins has praised The Darwin purchasing centre in Shrewsbury for its position in rising her model, after taking the tough resolution to shut her bricks and mortar retailer and give attention to the web and licensing facet of the enterprise, producing her personal homeware, giftware and greeting card ranges.
The Meg Hawkins Artwork model has gone from energy to energy over the past seven years and her work can now be present in shops all through the UK in small boutiques and nationwide chains.
Now The Darwin centre is searching for the subsequent native unbiased retailer warning to comply with in her footsteps and use the centre to ascertain and develop their enterprise.
Meg Hawkins stated:
“Opening a retailer in The Darwin has been such a constructive and essential step for our enterprise – permitting us to ascertain our model in a comparatively brief period of time. Having the protection internet and assist of the administration workforce has additionally been important – as an organization we wish to thank [centre manager] Kevin Lockwood for all his efforts and supporting the imaginative and prescient of our enterprise.
“There’s little question that we’ll be unhappy to depart the centre however that is the suitable resolution for our enterprise proper now. The Darwin is a extremely spectacular scheme and I hope different native companies comply with our instance – not solely to develop their model however to make Shrewsbury a improbable place to buy.”
Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury purchasing centre supervisor, stated:
“Meg has been nice to work with through the years – the model that she has established in such a brief time period is outstanding and we want her each success for the longer term.
“Whereas we’re clearly unhappy to see Meg depart, we’re devoted to supporting native independents. If in case you have a enterprise that’s simply beginning out and you have an interest in having a bodily retailer in a thriving retail vacation spot, then please get in contact.”
House on the purchasing centre comes with the chance to be supported by the skilled purchasing centre administration workforce and to be concerned with the breadth of experiential exercise on the centre, in addition to digital and offline advertising.
The Darwin has a robust mixture of nationwide manufacturers together with JD Sports activities, Primark, Marks and Spencer and H&M, in addition to a different mixture of independents together with Mollie’s Sweetshop, Lipstick and Gin and Avantgarde Design5, providing a singular and various expertise for guests.
This chance additionally comes at an thrilling time as a brand new specifically created purchasing gallery for unbiased merchants known as The Collective opened in December 2020 and continues to flourish. The foremost refurbishment of the center stage of the centre additionally accomplished in October 2020, together with award successful new bathrooms and a Altering Locations facility.
Any companies concerned about studying about everlasting and semi-permanent alternatives out there inside The Darwin, ought to contact [email protected].