Lock-up Relocations Series
The future looks bright for Chrisp Street retailers
Chrisp Street is open and exciting things are happening!
We are pleased to have reached an exciting new milestone in our plans to regenerate Chrisp Street Market. Ground floor works have commenced at Cygnet House, signalling the long-awaited expansion of shopping space in the area.
Throughout the regeneration process, we have been committed to working with local retailers, to ensure the plans create a space for existing businesses to grow and thrive. As part of this commitment, we have been working with several local businesses to relocate their premises into the new Cygnet House space - providing bigger and better premises for their businesses to expand.
Retailers preparing to make the move into their new brand new locations include Sly Barbers, Noor Barber, Anon Tailor, Ebony and Ivy's, Ramsora and Zayn The Clipper. Over the coming months, we’ll be running a series of profiles with the people behind the businesses, so you can get an inside look on all they have planned for the future.
This next stage of the redevelopment is part of Telford Homes’ wider commitment to Chrisp Street, supporting its latest evolution whilst also maintaining its unique spirit. Plans for the area include 600 new homes; alongside new communal resident areas and commercial space which will feature new shops, an updated market, entertainment and food and drink amenities.
The remainder of local retailers wishing to relocate will do so over the next two to three years. During this time, Telford Homes will be working closely with them to understand where they see their businesses heading in the future and how the relocation can help to facilitate exactly that.
Lock-up Relocations Series - January
Rama Sylla, Ram’Sora
Rama Sylla reflects on her time in Chrisp Street and looks towards her future...
As part of our Chrisp Street lock-up series, we sat down with Rama Sylla at her beauty salon, Ram’Sora, to discuss her plans for the future with the exciting new relocation of her business.
Rama has been trading in the Chrisp Street area for the last 17 years, and has seen a lot of changes during her time here.
“Although I don’t live in Chrisp Street, I feel a deep connection to the area and hold it very close to my heart. It looks very different from how it did when I first set up my business here, but it still maintains the same character and soul that it had all those years ago. The community here and their spirit is what makes Chrisp Street so special - I see the same customers time and again, with many coming to my shop every fortnight for a number of years. We always have a laugh and a chat, and I look forward to spending time with each and every one of them.”
She goes on to tell us about her future plans for her business, and why she is so excited about her move to Cygnet House.
“I am really looking forward to the relocation because it means I can offer lots more services and bring in even more customers. The location is really ideal too - being located next to a bus stop will help with the visibility of my shop.”
We are currently working closely with all traders who are relocating. All the stores will remain open as usual during works, and you can keep updated on the website. Alternatively, keep up to date by following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and visiting our website.
Lock-up Relocations Series - October
Karlene Lindsay, Ebony & Ivory
As part of the Chrisp Street Lock-up Series, Karlene Lindsay at Ebony & Ivory, a unisex hair salon based in the heart of Chrisp Street, talks about how this exciting relocation will help to make her future plans for her business come to life.
Karlene, a pillar of the Chrisp Street community, has been trading in Chrisp Street for the last ten years. Ebony & Ivory has stood tall in the area for even longer, with people coming from far and wide for stunning new hairstyles for the last 18 years.
“When you have been running a business in one place for such a long time, like I have, you see so many changes occur over the years. However, the clients that become your friends after years of returning for new hairdos every month or so remain the same. They have seen how Ebony & Ivory has grown and become what it is today, and I can’t wait to take them all on this next journey. I’m delighted to be able to offer more space and facilities once we have moved into our new location.”
“The new site is a lot more convenient, there will be more people walking past the shop and seeing what we have to offer and I am looking forward to attracting more customers. I hope to expand and grow my business even further, and I am really excited to see what the future holds!”
We are working closely to support the traders who are relocating in Chrisp Street as part of the redevelopment. Chrisp Street is still open, still local, and still great! The centre will be operating as usual throughout the works.
Lock-up Relocations Series - September
Noor Miah, Anonna Tailors
“I like that there is a multicultural community in Chrisp Street and everyone feels welcome no matter their background. Chrisp Street has everything at a great convenience and is very accessible by public transport, my customers are able to reach my business by a variety of transport methods.
“My favourite part of my job is being able to talk to so many different people, and I particularly like the friendliness of the Chrisp Street community. I have always been a people person. In Bangladesh I was a councillor, which meant that talking to the public was a big part of my life and shaped the person I am today. Being a retailer in Chrisp Street helps me to reconnect with this part of my life.”
Noor reflects on the support he experienced when he first established his business: “Having connections within the area and established friendships helped me to start up my tailoring business here. I have been tailoring since I was 18 and have a diploma in this skill which I attained in Bangladesh – I scored the highest in my local borough! When I came to the UK in 2001, I was working in the textile industry and working as a tailor from home on the side. When the opportunity came up at my current lock-up unit, I took the chance, and the rest was history!”
“Moving to Cygnet House will allow me to help grow my business and attract new customers. My new shop will be along the main road so I will be more visible to people. I know my current clients will continue to show the same support that they always have done, but I also hope to appeal to prospective customers with new leaflets and business cards highlighting my move to Cygnet House.”
We are currently working closely with all traders who are relocating. All the stores will remain open as usual during works, and you can keep updated on the website. Alternatively you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
As part of the exciting regeneration of Chrisp Street, we spoke to Noor Miah of Anonna Tailors about relocating their premises into the new Cygnet House space.
Noor has been serving the local community of Chrisp Street since 2008 and has been a tailor 1983. He tells us about his deep-rooted connections to the area and what the move to Cygnet House will mean for his business.
Lock-up Relocations Series - June
Sylvester Ebho, Sly Barbershop
Sly Barbershop gets a fresh new home, as part of Chrisp Street regeneration
As part of the exciting regeneration of Chrisp Street, we have been working with several local businesses to relocate their premises into the new Cygnet House space – located a stone throw away from their original premises. Throughout the next few months, we’ll be speaking with several of these traders - to get an inside look into all they have planned for the future.
“The regeneration scheme will significantly benefit businesses and residents based here, and I am so pleased to be part of this exciting relocation. When I first established Sly Barbers it was fairly small, and over the last few years it has been a delight to see it grow and expand. Partnering with Telford Homes will really help bring my vision for the business to life. Once we have moved I plan to put in new floors, mirrors, extra seats for customers and have more staff - attracting more people than ever before!”
We are currently working closely with all traders looking to relocate. All the stores will remain open as usual during construction and you can keep updated on the website. Alternatively you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
You can view a map of Chrisp Street and shop locations here: http://www.chrispstreet.org.uk/welcome-to-chrisp-street
First up is Sylvester Ebho of Sly Barbershop about what this move means to him and his growing business.
Sly Barbers has been an important part of the local community for the last six years with Sylvester himself having lived in the area for over twelve years. He tells us about what it is he likes so much about Chrisp Street: “Chrisp Street brings people from all different cultures together. It is such a tight-knit community, many families that live here now can be traced back across generations. Whilst living here I have made so many lifelong friends, which is why I am so invested in Telford Homes’ commitment to maintaining our unique identity.”