A businesswoman has told of her delight at reopening a Blackpool shop just weeks after a car ploughed through the front window.
Sheila Morris, 57, has relaunched At Grandma’s Knee in Red Bank Road, Bispham, as picture studio Dove Photography after a £3,000 investment.
Sheila has taken over the former knitwear shop from Wendy Wild, who had a lucky escape after a Toyota Yaris smashed through the front of the shop in August.
Sheila, who had a studio at the back of At Grandma’s Knee as a photographer for six months before the incident, has now taken over the entire shop unit.
She said she has taken on the venture after Mrs Wild, 46, was left “traumatised” by the incident.
She added: “It is great to finally open. We have a new front and new inside, with new themed sections such as Christmas and a magical forest – it all looks very different.
“It is sad as Wendy was left too traumatised by the accident. She felt unable to carry on. To be honest the car came within two feet of her when it came through the window.”
The force of the collision shattered the front window with paramedics and police called to the scene.
The driver of the car, an elderly woman, and her male passenger were treated for shock. The vehicle had also hit another car, a silver Vauxhall Astra, before mounting and crossing the 20ft wide pavement and ploughing into the shop backwards.
Mrs Wild said she planned to relaunch At Grandma’s Knee as a mobile business next year. For more information go www.facebook.com/AtGrandmasKnee
Business owner Wendy Wild spoke to the Gazette in August about the traumatic incident when a Toyota Yaris smashed through the window, stopping just a few feet away from her.
She said: “I’m so lucky. I heard this bang and saw the window coming through. It all happened so fast, I tried to jump out of the way and just got hit by a cupboard.”
“It was terrible. It would have been awful if anyone had been hit on the pavement. It’s lucky I was the only one standing near the window.”