Bramhall Village Square reported another successful year in 2022 with all units let and increased demand for independent operators.
Proactive marketing by landlord Wain Estates, which has included a series of family friendly events centred around the children’s play area, has seen customer numbers continue to climb.
Wain Estates senior surveyor Jenny Dockney, said: “All 29 retail units are leased and while some businesses like Boots and Greetings Cards and Gifts have been here decades, we continue to see strong demand with three new businesses, including the Honeypot café, Mia James Interiors and The Brooklyn Quarter opening last year.
“I looked at lots of premises but really liked the Village Square. The location is great with the car park allowing easy drop off, and security was also important.”
“Even before the pandemic Bramhall residents had a strong affinity and loyalty to the Centre and appreciated being able to get everything they needed within the village itself, while also supporting local independent businesses.
“We continue to organise and support events, such as the Worker Bee market and the The Bramhall Together Trust, which complement the year round offer and bring in new customers.”
Bramhall Village Square is at the heart of this affluent Stockport suburb and provides a retail base for dozens of flourishing local independent traders as well as office space for a number of businesses creating local employment.
The shops are set around a central square with a high-quality children’s play area and plentiful seating making it a popular place to sit and chat.
Jenny added: “Seeing three new businesses open in the last quarter of 2022 was further endorsement of Bramhall Shopping Village and the importance shows the potential of the local high street.”
Mia James Interiors, run by Natasha James-Barlow is one of the new businesses to open. Named after her two young children, Natasha said “I love Bramhall. Jenny and the team at the Village Square are great. Having a shop front here means you are part of the community and people trust you.”
Alejandra Solis opened her deluxe dog salon, Bramhall Dog Groomers, two years ago and since then has built up a loyal following which sees a steady stream of four legged customers passing through the door each day.
She said: “I looked at lots of premises but really liked the Village Square. The location is great with the car park allowing easy drop off, and security was also important.
“We are all small businesses and work together on things. People will help you with deliveries for example. We look out for and support each other. There are lots of events which attract people in and it’s a really strong neighbourly feel.
“I now have four employees and feel the location has been crucial to helping my business grow. I look forward to coming here each morning, opening the shop and seeing the Square coming to life. The location has been crucial to my businesses success.”
Jenny said: “It is a real asset for the village which has been named friendliest place in the UK on several occasions. People love to shop locally and in Bramhall this was very much the trend even before the pandemic, though now people appreciate the facilities on their doorstep even more and want to support them.”
Events continue to be held throughout 2023.