A brand new stop – Celebration Cards and Gifts – has opened on Clifton Street in Lytham. The shop is the brain child of enterprising Fylde businesswoman, Sarah Mangan, who has completely and most appealingly refitted the premises formerly housing The Card Market.
This is Sarah’s second shop, her first being established in Kirkham five years ago, in 2016. She now employs seven people across the two shops, and also sells a wide range of cards and gifts online through her Celebrations website. Her new Clifton Street shop now offers a wide selection of greeting cards and celebration gifts including popular brands like Charlie Bears, Me to You and Disney products, as well as Living Nature eco-friendly soft toys.
Sarah said, ‘I didn’t know one card from another when I started out, but after five years, I now love seeing people’s faces when choosing cards and gifts. It means so much to see people back in the shop thinking and caring about each other, especially after the events of the last 12months. It had always been my plan to expand my card and gift business and I was looking for a town centre location with good footfall when the opportunity to lease the shop in Lytham came up.’
Sarah was advised on the lease of the premises in Lytham by Laura Bradley from the commercial property team at Lancashire law firm Harrison Drury Solicitors.
Sarah added: ‘Laura helped me to negotiate and secure the lease on the Lytham shop and put my mind at ease throughout the process. It took the stress out of worrying about the legal side, leaving me to focus on getting the shop refit organised and recruiting staff. With the security of a ten-year lease, I can really focus and grow my retail business.’
Laura Bradley, commercial property solicitor at Harrison Drury, said: ‘It’s been a pleasure to have supported Sarah with her business expansion plans, helping her reach her goal of opening a second shop. It’s been a tough time for retail throughout the pandemic, so it is very encouraging to see Sarah securing the future of these premises, recruiting a team of part-time employees and supporting the local economy.’
A very happy Sarah is pictures below in her new sop Celebrations Cards & Gifts. Lytham St. Anne’s News wishes her every success.