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Pop up shops all the rage in Gloucester before Christmas

By citizenmike  |  Posted: November 17, 2013

Mariliis Bull in the new Fizzy Lips shop in Kings Walk Shopping Centre

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POP-UP shops are all the rage in Gloucester this Christmas.

The latest arrival – All Wrapped Up – was packed with new customers on its opening day in The Eastgate shopping centre.

Store bosses have vowed to keep the store open if it proves a success during its three month tenancy.

It has created around 10 jobs in the process.

Fellow pop-up trader Nicola Thomas is selling scented bath bombs and candles from a stall in the centre.

Her business is Body Blitz in Lydney but she is keen to try out Gloucester during the festive season. She said: “We opened last week on Saturday and it has been going steadily.

“It will definitely get busier as we get into the run up to Christmas.”

Earlier this month Fizzy Lips, the retro sweet store, opened its doors on a short-term tenancy at the Kings Walk shopping centre.

Co-owner Douglas Moffat said: ““We have taken out a short term lease until the New Year.

“If all goes well we will stay longer. We started on a short term lease elsewhere and we have been there for over a year now.”

Dozens of new jobs have been created thanks to the various pop-up shops.

Other stores have also taken on extra workers to help them cope with the busy Christmas period, such as the Card Factory, in The Eastgate, which had been looking for around 15 new employees.

The county’s jobless total fell by 339 in the latest round of statistics this month. In Gloucester itself there were 2,670 people unemployed, down by 115 since the previous month.

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  • jas37  |  November 18 2013, 6:42PM

    Glos_Lad34 Do you want to see local people lose their jobs and for shops to close down?

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 17 2013, 10:00PM

    Don't bother buying most of my xmas prezzies in Gloucester, Do that in Cribbs Causeway.

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