Alnwick shopping parade fully occupied after string of deals

Four independent businesses have taken up space in properties on Narrowgate, a popular retail hub in Alnwick's Castle Quarter

Paul Scrimshaw, owner of Marilyn & Melrose, which has taken a five-year lease on 12 Narrowgate, Alnwick
Paul Scrimshaw, owner of Marilyn & Melrose, which has taken a five-year lease on 12 Narrowgate, Alnwick

A shopping parade in Alnwick is now fully occupied following a string of deals negotiated by chartered surveying firm Bradley Hall.

Four independent businesses have taken up space in properties on Narrowgate, a popular retail hub in the Northumberland market town’s Castle Quarter.

Marilyn & Melrose, a vintage interiors and gift store, has taken a five-year lease on a 1,692 sq ft unit at number 12.

Three other retailers, crafts firm Ruby Tuesday, boutique fashion firm Regram Runway and outdoor pursuits specialist The Wild Sheep Company, have also demonstrated their commitment to the market town by taking new leases on 8, 10 and 14 Narrowgate respectively.

The deals came after Bradley Hall took over the properties from Northumberland Estates, which looks after the interests of the Duke of Northumberland, and kick-started a campaign to market them to prospective tenants.

The move was particularly timely for Paul and Karen Scrimshaw, owners of Marilyn & Melrose, who had to move their business to Narrowgate from Bow Alley after the collapse of a wall triggered the temporary closure of the alley.

Initially they took a short-term lease with former landlord Northumberland Estates before agreeing a five-year extension when Bradley Hall took over the property.

Karen Scrimshaw said: “After taking on the temporary lease at Narrowgate, we found that we were more visible to prospective customers. We were delighted to sign a long-term lease on the premises, which is now our primary retail operation.”

Neil Hart, director at Bradley Hall, said: “Narrowgate is in an area of high footfall and is easily accessible via the A1.”

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