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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Change in fortune as new shops open in Maryport town centre

Maryport is experiencing a business boom with several shops opening in the town centre in recent weeks.

Around four shops have opened in the town this year and more are set to follow.

A gift shop, pub and second-hand furniture store will open in the next few weeks.

Out of the Blue gift shop will open on September 20 in the former Smeatons Estate Agents building on Curzon Street.

It will be run by Alana Huntington, 45, of Wigton, with the help of her mother Marilyn Mowbray, of Ritson Wharf, Maryport.

Mrs Huntington said: “I think the town is on the up.”

A small office in the building will house her father’s agricultural lime business called Land Drive.

It was established by John Mowbray in 1992, and Mrs Huntington and her mother are both directors.

Convenience store Star Bargain, on Senhouse Street, which closed in December, will reopen soon as a second-hand furniture store.

Michael Brown, who owns the building, is looking to employ someone to run the shop.

He said: “It’s in a good position. You can’t beat Senhouse Street.”

It will open from 10am to 3.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Crown Inn on Senhouse Street will also reopen next month as The Thomas Henry.

Warrington-based Bravo Inns are renaming the pub after Thomas Henry Ismay, the Maryport-born owner of the White Star Line.

It is undergoing a £150,000 refurbishment.

Toni Magean, town centre manager, said: “The right mix of businesses makes a good shopping experience, not just for people with local needs but people visiting the town.”

A Love Maryport traders team spokeswoman said: “It is all very positive.”

In July the Tuck In cafe and restaurant opened on Curzon Street.

Owner Craig Frost, of Ullswater Road, said: “Maryport is progressing and it’s good to see more businesses opening up.”

Stuart McDougall, of Victory Crescent, opened the Asante Sana charity shop on Senhouse Street in July.

He said: “New shops opening can only help, as long as they don’t come and go.”

Colleen’s hairdressers and beauticians opened in June on Curzon Street.

Colleen Orchard moved the business from Crosby Street and formed a partnership with Sharon Hormby who manages the beauty side of the business.

Miss Orchard said: “Business has improved a lot because it’s handy for the bus routes and parking.”

Established business owners have welcomed the new shops.

Jill Skinner, owner of The Lily Basket, on Senhouse Street, said: “New shops means more people.”

Angela Hunter, owner of L&A Pet Boutique, on Senhouse Street, said: “It’s definitely good seeing more shops open.”

Maryport’s new Clip ’n Climb attraction at The Wave Centre has also been successful in attracting thousands of visitors.

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