MP Ann in historic opening:
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