UpMargate, the retail concept that is aimed at attracting fledgling retailers, is fully let for the first time after signing up a vintage store.

LCP, the national commercial property and investment company which manages The Centre, where UpMargate is located, now has 12 retailers operating there.

Pie in the Sky vintage emporium will join other start-ups, including an art studio, sportswear shop, vintage furniture seller and handmade bags and clothes.

Owner Eisha Miah says she is looking forward to opening her first non-virtual store after launching Pie in the Sky in June last year, selling high-quality vintage and retro clothing, accessories and gifts, primarily inspired by culture from the 1960s-1980s.

When she opens this weekend (July 3, 2021), she will also sell a select line of handmade clothing and gifts.

“As a newcomer to the town, UpMargate was recommended to me by a friend,” she said. “It can be very difficult to launch an effective small business with rental rates being so high, but the collaborative approach UpMargate takes seems perfect as I am able to keep costs down whilst still being able to grow my business. Better yet, it allows me to contribute to the growth of Margate and support other fellow creatives and small businesses from the area.”

UpMargate was the first of LCP’s Microshops, which it has billed as an exciting retail opportunity for retailers who want to try their first bricks and mortar selling space. The site is curated by Sarah-Jayne Cook from House of Spangled Ltd, who also the nearby Margate Superstore Vintage Clothing.

Each retail pod, which is let on an affordable, all-inclusive, flexible monthly contract, is also suitable for artists, craftspeople and designers.

Iain Minto, asset manager for LCP, which manages the site on behalf of landlord Evolve Estates, said: “Since we opened UpMargate in November 2019 we’ve been pleased to attract a great range of independent retailers and visitors who really love the whole idea of the creative maker-space.

“It’s a busy centre with high footfall, so ideal for local, independent traders who want to try out their business. I’m pleased to have signed up the last tenant and wish her every success in her new venture.”

LCP has launched Microshops in seven other towns where it owns and manages retail centres: Margate, Aldershot, Thornaby-on-Tees, Govan Cross, Airdrie, Penicuik and Ipswich.

All of the Microshops occupy vacated larger stores in LCP’s retail centres and have been carefully fitted out to create a modern and fun environment where occupiers can brand their own space.

May 2023 issue

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