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Bargoed’s Lowry Plaza Welcomes New Tenant On Monday 27th February, Bargoed’s Lowry Plaza welcomed its latest tenant, Bargoed Fish Bar to the town centre. Bargoed Fish Bar is owned by local entrepreneur Mehmet Nur, who also owns a fish bar in High Street, Newbridge. The newly fitted out restaurant has seating for 30 customers and serves traditional fish and chips to eat in or take away. Mehmet Nur, owner of Bargoed Fish Bar said: It’s great to be finally open on Lowry Plaza and we have had a great welcome from the people of Bargoed since we opened. At Bargoed Fish Bar we serve quality fish and chips so I would urge people to give us a try! Cllr Ken James, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and sustainable Development said: I am delighted to welcome Bargoed Fish Bar to the town centre, as the business has secured one of the last retail units available at Lowry Plaza. I wish Mehmet the very best of luck. The new retail development of Lowry Plaza was part of the recent regeneration scheme linking the existing town centre with Morrisons supermarket. The scheme’s newest tenant joins Poundworld, Greggs and Subway. For more information on the final retail unit available at Lowry Plaza, please contact the Council’s agents: Ian Newbury or Huw Thomas of Cooke & Arkwright (029 2034 6346) or Ian Metcalfe of imetcalfe & co. (029 2034 5111).
Ambitious Business Expands A Caerphilly business has expanded and moved to larger premises. Honeycomb Hair Design was started just over a year ago by friends Charlotte Zerk and Lauren Rees who worked together at another hair salon. They decided it was time to start their own business and opened Honeycomb’s first salon in Van Road. Due to the success of the business they have decided to move to a larger property and found the perfect unit on Castle Street, close to The Piccadilly in Caerphilly town centre. Not only have they moved premises, but the ambitious business partners have also taken on an apprentice Jaydee Matthews. Photo – Left to right India – Salon Makeup Artist, Charlotte – Salon Manager, Jaydee – Salon Apprentice, Lauren – Salon Manager Charlotte said: Starting your own business is a huge step but we decided to just go for it and haven’t looked back. At Honey Comb Hair Design we offer the latest styles and a friendly service and treat our clients like friends. Jaydee said: I was studying nursing in college but as I wasn’t enjoying it I decided to change course to Hair Dressing NVQ Level 2. I wasn’t sure that I would like it but I love working here with Charlotte and Lauren
Retail Manager Takes New Opportunity Castle Court Shopping Centre in Caerphilly town centre, which boast 100,000 shoppers each week, has welcomed another retailer to add to its existing impressive tenant mix which includes: WH Smith, Argos, Boots and Costa Coffee. Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors have taken over one of the centres largest retail units to replace value retailer Store 21. The quality clothing retailer stocks timeless classic brands including PG Field, James Pringle, Country Rose and Honor Millburn, as well as a range of bedding and curtains. In addition to being a boost for shoppers in Caerphilly, the change is also good news for the new store manager Sue Roberts. Previously, Sue was the Store 21 store manager in Caerphilly, but was specifically recruited by Edinburgh Woollen Mill to lead their new Caerphilly investment. Sue said: It’s an incredible opportunity to head up the new Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home Interiors store in Caerphilly. The company have been really supportive and I have a great new team who are working really hard to make sure we deliver an exceptional level of customer service. John Couzens Castle Court Shopping Centre Manager said: We are delighted to welcome Edinburgh Woollen Mill / Ponden Home to Castle Court. They are an excellent addition to our strong tenant list and have already proved very popular with visitors.
Business Tailor Makes Your Holiday A South Wales travel business has opened its latest shop in Blackwood town centre. Tailor Made Travel is a family business with over 25 years experience offering its customers a travel concierge service. The company already has offices in Penarth, Cowbridge and Llantwit Major and its new Blackwood shop is located on High Street opposite Woodbine Road. The business specialises in working with its customers to tailor make a holiday package which meets their individual needs. Photo: Elaine (centre) with her team Director Simon Morgan said: We are delighted to open our latest shop in Blackwood and look forward to offering our new clients a service which is tailor made to meet their exacting standards. Our aim is to work with people so that together we can create the perfect holiday or mini break. Manager Elaine Watkins said: My team at Tailor Made Travel in Blackwood all have extensive experience in the travel business which enables us to offer clients advice on which hotels to stay in, what to see when they get there and even which restaurants to book. If you want to take a holiday somewhere come and talk to us and see how we can make it happen.
New Shop Captures Niche Market A new shop in Caerphilly town centre is catering for an increasing number of customers who are looking for clothing which allows them to express their individualism. Mojo King (Caerphilly) is situated in Clive Street, which is located at the top of Cardiff Road. The independent clothing retailer is run by James Parker and stocks a range of men’s apparel as well as shoes and accessories which are inspired by the 1960’s. James had previously worked at Mojo King in Wellfield Road Cardiff and had known the owner Paul Reeves for many years. Paul felt the time was right to expand the business and offered James the opportunity to start the Caerphilly business as a franchise. The shops design and merchandising are inspired and influenced 1960’s, even down to the Motown music playing in the background. James said: At Mojo King we aim to provide our customers with a truly distinctive shopping experience. Since we opened we have had lots of customers come in including young people who love the ethos of the 1960’s and are looking for a different way to dress which lets them stand out in the crowd. James continued: Although you don’t have to be a total lover of the 60s to appreciate the style and brands on offer, the appeal of a unique, smart jumper, shirt, pair of trousers or a coat is across all ages and generations.
The Great Bargoed Bake Off There is good news for fans of the hit TV show ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Bargoed town centre is going cupcake mad with the opening of a new business in High street. The new shop called Cupcake Heaven is run by Sian Hurley and is the culmination of a journey which has seen her turn her hobby of baking cupcakes into a full time business venture. Sian‘s Mum Alice had always encouraged her daughter to pursue her dreams and when Alice passed away a few years ago, Sian decided that the time was right to leave her office job and start baking full time. With the support of her husband David and children Brent, Matthew and Kelcie, Sian opened Cupcake Heaven in December. She now spends her days making and selling different flavoured cupcakes, as well as baking cakes for specials occasion which she hand decorates to create a totally unique design. Sian said: This has been an amazing journey and I can’t believe I now run a business doing what I love – baking!. At Cupcake Heaven we offer our customers the chance to try different cupcake flavor’s and if you want a special cake designed come and talk to me
Exclusive Family Business – Exclusive Tiles & Bathrooms After 30 years working for himself, tiling walls and floors, John Phillips decided it was time to start a new family business with his son Luke called Exclusive Tiles & Bathrooms. The business, which was originally based in Aberbargoed, has just opened a new showroom in Blackwood town centre on High Street at the junction of Pentwyn Road. Exclusive Tiles & Bathrooms sells a range of bathroom suites as well tiles and is very much a family business. Whilst John as the Director retains a hands on role tiling walls and floors for customers across the County Borough, Luke works as the business manager in the showroom. Luke said: Blackwood is the busiest high street in the area so it made sense to open our new show here. Our aim is to offer our customers a first class service with the personal touch we offer as a family business
Caerphilly Welcomes New Bike Shop A new cycle shop has opened in Caerphilly town centre. BikeShredz, which is located in Clive Street and run by keen cyclist Nick Ball who was always fascinated with cycling, not only riding bikes but also repairing them. (pictured Nick Ball) After leaving school he pursued a career as an engineer and toolmaker but when he was made redundant again in April, Nick took the opportunity to pursue his dream of turning his love of cycling into a business. BikeShredz not only sells bikes, but it also has a fully equipped workshop to conduct repairs and stocks a comprehensive range of parts and accessories. Nick said: When I got made redundant it felt like I had the chance to do something I really wanted to do. I have used my experience in cycling to start BikeShredz because I wanted to offer people a complete service from sales to repair. (pictured Andrew Cook)
Blackwood Is Back In Fashion This Christmas Blackwood town centre is laying claim to being the fashion capital of the South East Valleys. In recent weeks, no less than three new independent clothing retailers have opened their doors in the town, which has one of the widest in high streets in the valleys. The new retailers Rebel, Profile and Betty’s Boutique sell a range of fashion clothing catering for both men and women and join other independent fashion retailers Miss Label, Parisa and ASA who are already in Blackwood. In addition to these independent fashion shops, the town also boosts an array of multiple clothing retailers: New Look, Select, Bonmarche, Peacocks and Dorothy Perkins. Any retailers looking for space in the town can view our Property Directory which lists every shop for sale or rent in each of the five managed town centres including Blackwood Properties. If you would like an informal discussion about retailer opportunities in Blackwood please contact Town Centre Management: 01443 866213 / 01443 866393 – firstname.lastname@example.org