Hundreds of shoppers attended the opening of the new retail arcade at Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre.
The arcade – which features nine retail units, a cafe and 20 display cabinets – opened its doors to the public on Saturday and traders were rushed off their feet.
It is estimated that around 500 people visited during the opening weekend and volunteer Christine Bradshaw, who manages the arcade, said the feedback received from customers was very positive.
She said: “Everyone was very happy with the first few days of trading.
“Saturday, in particular, was extremely busy and it was a very positive start for the traders who have moved into the new units.
“We decided to have a soft opening initially with a formal event hopefully attended by the mayor later in June.
“We hope people will continue to support us in the future.”
The arcade fills a 2,600ft space inside the theatre complex which was previously occupied by Love Stamford.
It has been divided up into nine individual units and a cafe ar Oakham Castle reopening ea.
The arcade is currently open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sundays.
Half-term craft classes for children have been taking place this week and other events are being planned throughout the year.
Retailers at the arcade sell a wide variety of products including speciality teas, coffee and jams; haberdashery and craft supplies; children’s clothing and toys; jewellery; vinyl records; retro decor and furniture; antiques and collectables and children’s fancy dress and accessories.
The display cabinets featuring candles, jewellery, lingerie, chocolates and more.