After weeks of hard work, the opening date has been revealed for a new retail arcade at Stamford Corn Exchange.
A team of volunteers have worked around the clock dividing the 2,600ft space into nine individual units and a cafe area.
The units have all now been filled and the grand opening of the Corn Exchange Shopping Arcade has been set for 10am on Saturday, May 28.
Volunteer Christine Bradshaw, who will manage the arcade, said excitement is building ahead of the opening.
She said: “We have a really good mix of retailers who have been busy getting their units stocked up ready for the opening and are looking forward to greeting their first customers.
“It has taken a lot of hard work from our team of volunteers to get the area ready, but we are nearing the end now and hoping people will come along and support us when we open up.”
The retailers include: Stage 2 coffee shop which as well as serving food and drink will also be selling speciality teas, coffee, jams and preserves; haberdashery, craft and fabrics specialist Stamford Sewing Shop; and Stamford Kidz Stuff, selling children’s clothing, nursery items and toys.
Also present will be Jazzy Jewellery, selling jewellery and fashion accessories; Spalding-based Uptown Vinyl Records; Smithers of Stamford selling retro decor and furniture; and antiques and collectables specialist Collectors Cabin.
Last but not least will be Little Sukie’s, selling children’s fancy dress and accessories; Vintage Design, offering vintage finds and new designs; and a charity shop run by the Corn Exchange itself.
As well as the retail units, there are 20 display cabinets featuring candles, jewellery, lingerie, bric-a-brac, chocolates, antiques and more .
Christine added: “There is a real feeling of positivity and optimism now all the units have been snapped up.
“Retailers are currently personalising their own spaces and sorting out stock ready for the opening.
“We want the space to feel welcoming to all and we believe there’s something to catch the eye of people of all ages.
“The cafe area has been designed to be child-friendly with toys for youngsters to play with, a table with crayons and paper for colouring, and a pocket-money corner with toys for sale for just £1.”
The Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre is a registered charity and the retail space, which was previously occupied by Love Stamford, plays an important role bringing in funds to keep the whole building open.
As opening day approaches for the retail arcade, final preparations are being made, with worktops being fitted for the cafe and painting and decorating work being finished off.