Vin­tage mo­ment

MP Ann in his­toric open­ing:

Stockport Times West - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS alex.scapens@men­media.co.uk @AlexS­capen­sMEN

AN em­po­rium sell­ing vin­tage

goods is hop­ing to turn the Mar­ket Place into Stock­port’s an­swer to Manch­ester’s North­ern Quar­ter.

MP Ann Cof­fey opened 20th Cen­tury Stores on Fri­day, which sells orig­i­nal items from the 1920s through to the 1980s.

It has eight traders, with space for guest stores, and of­fers cloth­ing, ce­ram­ics, fur­ni­ture, lug­gage, fab­rics and jew­ellery.

The cen­tre was the idea of Alan Lowe and Sarah Moss, or­gan­is­ers of the Vin­tage Vil­lage Mar­ket, fol­low­ing the monthly event’s suc­cess.

Alan, 59, said: “The idea was to bring a lit­tle bit of the North­ern Quar­ter into cen­tral Stock­port. The Mar­ket Place is be­com­ing a trendy area. It is a des­ti­na­tion for se­ri­ous col­lec­tors of au­then­tic vin­tage goods from the orig­i­nal era.”

Alan and Sarah have been work­ing with mar­ket manager Paul Downes as well as Stock­port Coun­cil, which has leased them the build­ing for five years.

The cen­tre has been part­funded by around £20,000 from the Por­tas Pi­lot fund and is in­cluded in on­go­ing work to im­prove the mar­ket area.

It is open Tues­days, Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days from 10am to 5pm, and on the sec­ond Sun­day of each month to co­in­cide with Vin­tage Vil­lage events.

Although it also has Vic­to­rian items, as well as things from the 1920s to the 80s, most are from the 1940s to the 1970s.

Pic­tured at the open­ing are Ann Cof­fey and Alan Lowe

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