A NEW fashion accessories shop coming to Gloucester is a real family affair.
Maureen and Plunket Stewart, and their children Katie and Andy, are opening their ninth branch of The Little Bag Company at the King’s Walking shopping centre on Tuesday morning.
The family firm from the Midlands is rapidly expanding – it opened a Cheltenham store back in 2012.
Now they are putting the finishing touches to their new store in the city.
Katie, 24, said: “We are a family business so we are doing everything ourselves but it is going really well. We are very excited to be opening in Gloucester.
“We’re opening up shops right across the Midlands and people seem to love them. We’ve got something for everyone, right down to the pink, fluffy stuff for kids, accessories for teenagers right through to bags for the older generation.
“I know I’m biased but I can’t really think of another shop in Gloucester that is quite like it.”
The shop sells handbags, hair accessories, jewellery and other items for weddings and the prom season such as tiaras. Budget bags cost £25 or shoppers can splash out on a £50 bag.
Three new members of staff have been employed by the company, which will occupy the unit that was used by retro sweet shop Fizzy Lips as a pop-up shop in the run up to Christmas. That store closed in January.
It comes as two other empty shops are having work done on them with high hopes that they will become homes to new businesses too.
The former Simon & Co Jewellers shop, in Westgate Street, and the Jonathan James jewellers, in The Oxebode, are both undergoing renovation work.
City councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate) said: “Any new shops that we get down Westgate Street have got to be welcomed. The street needs to do better.
“I don’t understand where all these visitors to the Cathedral go when they come out. That place is like the Bermuda Triangle.
“What Westgate Street really needs is a new department store. That would get people down here wouldn’t it.”