NEW businesses are flinging their doors wide open in one Fylde coast shopping centre.
An independent bread shop and local card store are the latest additions to the Market Hall in Poulton.
Paul Gibson, 50, is already known on Fleetwood Market for his cards and birthday decorations and the businessman has now expanded into the Wyre market town.
Paul, of Crazy Cards, said: “I have been in the greeting cards industry for around 20 years, I started out working for Birthdays and worked my up.
“I then got a job working for Kennedy Cards, it was a good job, I had my own office, my own car and parking space but I would see the retailers coming in and decided to give it a go.
“It was a big decision, but I was working six and a half days a week and most evenings, so I thought I would give it a go.
“I have been pretty successful, things have been difficult these last 18 months but that is the same everywhere.”
Poulton is subject to two rival planning applications at present, both of which would see a revitalised Teanlowe Centre.
Dransfield Properties would move the Market Hall on to the centre’s car park, creating a larger supermarket, thought to be for Asda, in the centre.
And Booths wants to use the centre to create a bigger store for itself and larger retail units.
Paul added: “I thought I would give the Market Hall a go, and I think the development we are all expecting will really improve things for us all.”
And across the hall, it’s all about bread for Dave Stephenson.
The 42-year-old officially opened his bread business this week along with his brother Bob Taylor.
The shop, called ‘All About Bread’, literally does what it says on the tin - it sells a variety of loaves, rolls and croutons.
Dave said; “There is no shop in Poulton uniquely for bread but I believe there is the market for it .
“When I heard there was a spot going in the Market Hall I jumped at the chance, the footfall is very positive and we would look to deliver to customers in the area and up to Fleetwood.
“All our bread is supplied by Lonicans who have a great history on the Fylde coast and we will sell bread rolls, batons, tin loaves, bloomers - anything you could want really.”
“I want to bring quality food back into an area which in my opinion has been deprived of it and even if Booths do expand into the Teanlowe centre, competition can sometimes work in your favour.”
George McCaffer, manager of the Market Hall, said: “There are changes all the time in here, there are a few new businesses opening up.
“The shops look very good and the more we get in, the more people we can get through the doors.”