New antiques store to open in Union Street, Grantham, in August

Charlotte and Frankie Milford who are setting up the Antiques Store in Grantham.
Charlotte and Frankie Milford who are setting up the Antiques Store in Grantham.
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An antiques centre that will be home to up to 70 dealers is to open in Grantham.

Called the Antiques Store, it will be based in Union Street.

It will be managed by husband and wife team, Frankie Milford and Charlotte Milford, of Newark.

They have run the well established Field Dog Fairs Ltd for the last six years staging antiques fairs acrooss the Midlands.

Dealers from across the country and even some from overseas are expected to base themselves at the centre.

The couple have signed a long term lease on the property and say the venture will also mean the creation of up to three jobs.

Mrs Milford said: “We are seeking to grow our business and have been looking for an indoor store for some time.

“We wanted to find somewhere special and something a bit different. The location is very accessible. We hope to make it, and Grantham, the go-to place for antiques.”

The Antiques Store will open for business on August 12.

Mrs Milford said she was confident of getting enough dealers to fill the building. She said: “We started advertising two weeks ago and we are half full already and are sending out information packs daily.

“We’ve had interest from dealers from Cornwall and even in France.

“Lots of people have already been to see the building and they love it.”

They building is currently occupied by Union Interiors, which plans to move out but will continue to operate the outdoor garden yard.

Stuart Pigram, chairman of the Go Grantham BID project, said: “It is fantastic that the Antiques Store will soon be open. It is exactly the kind of business we are trying to encourage into the town. Potentially it will bring people into the town who will want to spend time here to browse and to use other shops, services and eateries in the town.

“It is also great that such a visible building has secured a new tenant quickly rather than standing empty for months or years, which would have been the case some time ago.”