New challenge for owners of Stamford sandwich shop

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A businesswoman is embarking on a new business venture after closing her established sandwich shop in Stamford.

George’s Sandwich Bar in Stamford Walk closed on Friday last week after 12 and a half years in business.

The shop has always been popular with town centre workers and school pupils but owner Mary Brenstuhl has decided the time has come for her to change direction.

Mary will be spending the next week refurbishing the premises before reopening as a vintage furniture and collectables store.

Mary said: “The shop was still as busy and ever. This is nothing to do with another business closing because of the recession - it was just time for a change.

“My husband died four years ago so there were too many other changes going on in my life back then to do anything with the business, but now I’m ready for a new challenge.

“I wanted to go out on a high while the business was still popular.”

Mary has been restoring, revamping and selling old furniture from the first floor of the building for the last six months.

She said: “I love going to auctions and antiques fairs looking for vintage furniture so I’m really looking forward to doing it full time. It’s a lot of fun.”

The business will be called George’s Gatehouse and will open next Friday, July 5, and will be open daily from 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Mary, who lives in Elton, wanted to retain the George’s identity but has included Gatehouse in the title as that is the name of the building she works from.

She will be joined by three friends who will also work on sourcing, refurbishing and painting the furniture.

She said: “I’d like to thank all of my customers for their support during the last 12 years.

“It was sad to say goodbye to them last week but I’m looking forward to the future and hope they will still come in to see what I’m doing next.”