Fylde coast pair make the news

Alexandria News
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A Fylde coast pair are going back to the future in a bid to revive a well-known paper shop.

Sue Ellis and Janet Smith have teamed up to take over Alexandria News in Alexandria Drive, St Annes.

The shop previously featured in the Gazette when it was taken over a year ago by a woman from South Africa.

Carol Pardini had come to Lancashire to see where her father had originated and liked it so much that she stayed to start a business.

However, family issues in South Africa, meant she had to return and the shop became available this year.

But now the shop is being given a new lease of life by the Bispham women.

Sue aid: “We are both from manufacturing backgrounds but have always wanted to do something like this.

“I was made redundant which gave me the opportunity to start my own business which was something I had been thinking about for some time.

“Janet worked at Tangerine Confectionery in Vicarage Lane, Blackpool, but felt it was time for a change.

“We saw this premises had become available and thought it was perfect.

“We wanted to put the shop at the heart of the community once more and take it back to its traditional roots. It would be nice to see Alexandria Drive thrive as a community street once again.

“We wanted the shop to be a more traditional newsagents with home deliveries of newspapers and magazines, a range of cards and gifts, one-stop style items such as tea and coffee and similar things.

“It had originally always been a news agents but the last owner added all sorts of things, hats scarves, tea-sets and it had got a bit crowded and not focused on what people wanted.

“We changed all the front of the shop, repainted and changed things around inside so it has more space and is welcoming.

“Our aim is to build up the trade once again and offer friendly local service. and to be very much part of the community here in St Annes.”

The shop is not totally retro, however, for sue and Janet have a shop website and Facebook page.