Trentham’s bustling Shopping Village has been one of the Estate’s great success stories since it reopened to the public 15 years ago; so the arrival of some more new faces is always likely to be of interest to locals and visitors from further afield.
A £7m expansion in summer 2017 added another 18 units to the 63 shops, cafés and restaurants already there, helping cement the Village’s reputation as one of the most successful new shopping ‘centres’ the UK.
Now, shoppers at Trentham have even more choice, following the opening The Lighting Showroom and Zoophoria, two new ventures have opened in the last few weeks – with another planned for later this week.
The opening of Trentham Craft Barhas already helped to raise a glass to the Estate’s 15thanniversary, and will also give shoppers somewhere to take a time-out from the rigours of shopping.
The brainchild of Steve Leech and Andrew Whittaker, it is primarily a craft ale and gin bar, offering 6 taps – which include a permanent house Lager, and Titanic’s famous Plum Porter – plus 4 constantly changing craft ales. There’s also a selection of quality wines, prosecco, coffee and soft drinks and nibbles; while the extensive and ever-expanding range of take-out bottles and cans brings something very new to the party – with shoppers also likely to find some unusual gifts for family and friends, or a treat for themselves to take home.
Jayley, meanwhile, is an international, family-owned and Trentham-based fashion company, inspired by a sustainable and ethical philosophy in the development of premium and affordable womenswear designs.
Striving to encapsulate their love and passion for fashion, quality, and outstanding design in all their garments, owners Jean and Zhong Li will now bring together collections which harmonise sophistication and elegance, to give customers complete confidence in their choice of purchase.
Lee Davies has spent the last six years operating a cafe in Newcastle-under-Lyme, after he and his Taiwanese wife returned to the UK after running an English Language School in Taiwan for 8 years. Together, they are set to open Changes Asian Kitchen,which will focus on freshly cooked, authentic Asian food. Bringing a taste of Taiwan, China, Thailand and Japan to Trentham, meals are complemented by a drinks menu of Chinese Tea, selected juices and Asian beers.
Since 2017’s expansion, occupancy of the shops within The Village remains high, and currently features a total of 78 different outlets, ranging from a huge, flagship Garden Centre at one end, through to the individually run Yellowstone Art Boutique.
The Trentham Estate is owned by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist St. Modwen Properties PLC. Its £100 million restoration and regeneration of the estate and gardens, which commenced in 2003, has resulted in the creation of one of the highest profile and widely acclaimed garden restoration projects in the UK – complemented by the successful Garden Centre, shops, cafes and restaurants, and the 119-bedroom Premier Inn hotel.
The whole 725-acre site attracts more than 3.25 million visits every year, and supports over 700 jobs, with scores more being created.
The Trentham Estate is finding several ways of celebrating its 15thyear, and aims to bring some of the colour found in the award-winning gardens out into The Shopping Village – including around two miles of bunting.
Further details can be found at https://www.trentham.co.uk/shopping-village/.