Vintage shop opening - rent free

Cheryl Mullins from Grace Lea with Laura McCumiskey from One Ark
Cheryl Mullins from Grace Lea with Laura McCumiskey from One Ark

A vintage furniture shop is set to open up in Prescot Shopping Centre... rent free!

Grace Lea, a furniture upcycling and restoration business, will open its doors for the first time on June 1 after owner Cheryl Mullins won One Ark’s innovative Win A Shop competition.

She plans to sell a range of high-quality restored furniture from the outlet as well as hosting workshops showing others how to upcycle their old furniture.

Cheryl saw off competition from 25 other business owners to win the shopping centre unit rent free for 12 months. Laura McCumiskey, of One Ark, said: “When Cheryl met with the panel of judges she blew us away with her enthusiasm and entrepreneurship.

“We were searching for a unique, independent retailer to add value to our high street and Cheryl’s business plan was robust and showed talent. Grace Lea, which will occupy a unit that’s been empty for three years, will be a welcome addition to the shopping centre.”

Cheryl Mullins said: “This is an amazing opportunity for me to be able to get my business up and running and provide for my family.

“To be able to operate rent-free for a year will enable me to focus on establishing and growing the business rather than worrying about covering such a large overhead.

“I’m looking forward to developing my business, while at the same time being able to give something back to the community too.”