Vintage clothing boutique to open in Bolton town centre

Elite’s Altrincham branch

Elite’s Altrincham branch

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A VINTAGE boutique will open its doors once more in Bolton town centre, thanks to a council grant.

Elite Dress Agency is the first retailer to take up Bolton Council’s grant scheme — launched in October last year — which offers businesses grants of up to £20,000 to set up shop in the town centre.

The store, which sells pre-owned designer and vintage clothes and accessories, operated in Bridge Street 15 years ago, and has now signed a three-year lease for the empty unit at number 32.

Company director Christine Lister, who also runs branches in Manchester city centre and Altrincham, said she was excited to open the doors in Bridge Street again on Saturday.

She said: “We had to shut that shop due to rents and rates going up, and the economy hit a bit of a downturn.

“But things are picking up again in Bolton, and when these premises came up and the offer of financial help, we decided that now is the right time to come back.”

Money from the grant has been spent on signage, security tagging, fixtures, fitting and rent costs. Ms Lister added: “The support from the council has been amazing and the grant is a huge help.

“It means that we can get everything up and running the way we want.”

The unit in Bridge Street has been empty for more than a year, and leader of Bolton Council Cllr Cliff Morris welcomed the fact it will soon be in use again.

He said: “The grant scheme was set up specifically to help businesses like Elite.

“It’s an independent successful business with a unique offering, and it’s the type of shop that we don’t have in the town centre which we want to see opening.

“Economically times are hard but things are getting better slowly and the very fact that Elite has chosen to come back here says something about their confidence in the town centre.”

The council is liaising with more businesses about providing them with grants, and the amount given to Elite is commercially sensitive.

  • For more information about the scheme, go to bolton.gov.uk/business or call 01204 336222/6131.

GETTING TOWN ON ITS FEET

  • Bolton Council announced in October it had set aside £1.5m to encourage more businesses to open.
  • As part of the business support scheme, companies could receive grants of £20,000 or more if they took over empty units.
  • Small businesses in Bolton will also benefit from a £1,000 discount in business rates.
  • Bolton Council’s cabinet rubber-stamped a Government offer to reduce the rates for small companies — including pubs, shops, restaurants and cafes — with a rateable value of £50,000 or less.
  • It also backed plans to give a 50 per cent discount to businesses which move into a unit which has been empty for a year or more and make all newly-built commercial properties exempt from empty property rates for 18 months.
  • The grants do not apply to takeaways, pound shops or bookmakers.

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10:10am Thu 10 Apr 14

Home is where the heart is says...

A second hand shop with fancy prices.
A second hand shop with fancy prices. Home is where the heart is
  • Score: 3

10:37am Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Home is where the heart is wrote:
A second hand shop with fancy prices.
Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully!

But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference?
[quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: A second hand shop with fancy prices.[/p][/quote]Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully! But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference? The Righteous One
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

To me, vintage implies 1970s or earlier?
To me, vintage implies 1970s or earlier? Boltonresident2012
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

steveG says...

Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.
Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated. steveG
  • Score: 9

6:32pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The Righteous One wrote:
Home is where the heart is wrote:
A second hand shop with fancy prices.
Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully!

But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference?
This isn't Manchester, but I agree the dead nature of town and spiraling prices of some of the trades in the corporate rip-off stores need to be challenged in a town where it seems to be the case where charity shops thrive, pound-shops multiply and wages stay cr@p.

Still we DO need that £48-million plus Interchange to take shoppers away from that tragic excuse for a market at the cost of £4-million and into the THRIVING Manchester City Center and the thousands of apartments springing up in Salford and Manchester.

After all it is good to know that there is an alternative if you wish to buy clothing that would have been at a reasonable price tag on ebay but snapped up to be sold on for a few more pounds of profit by the Bolton public.

I applaud you for noticing.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: A second hand shop with fancy prices.[/p][/quote]Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully! But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference?[/p][/quote]This isn't Manchester, but I agree the dead nature of town and spiraling prices of some of the trades in the corporate rip-off stores need to be challenged in a town where it seems to be the case where charity shops thrive, pound-shops multiply and wages stay cr@p. Still we DO need that £48-million plus Interchange to take shoppers away from that tragic excuse for a market at the cost of £4-million and into the THRIVING Manchester City Center and the thousands of apartments springing up in Salford and Manchester. After all it is good to know that there is an alternative if you wish to buy clothing that would have been at a reasonable price tag on ebay but snapped up to be sold on for a few more pounds of profit by the Bolton public. I applaud you for noticing. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 3

10:26pm Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

steveG wrote:
Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.
But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015!
[quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.[/p][/quote]But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015! The Righteous One
  • Score: -1

10:31pm Thu 10 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
Home is where the heart is wrote:
A second hand shop with fancy prices.
Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully!

But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference?
This isn't Manchester, but I agree the dead nature of town and spiraling prices of some of the trades in the corporate rip-off stores need to be challenged in a town where it seems to be the case where charity shops thrive, pound-shops multiply and wages stay cr@p.

Still we DO need that £48-million plus Interchange to take shoppers away from that tragic excuse for a market at the cost of £4-million and into the THRIVING Manchester City Center and the thousands of apartments springing up in Salford and Manchester.

After all it is good to know that there is an alternative if you wish to buy clothing that would have been at a reasonable price tag on ebay but snapped up to be sold on for a few more pounds of profit by the Bolton public.

I applaud you for noticing.
ell I think everyone knows my views on the new Bus Station - it ain't required!!!

After seeing the "improvements" to the market - is it me of is the "lifestyle" section just a direct carbon copy of how The Market Hall used to look like and in that case why did the cross-party council sell the Market Hall???

This "new" shop is a first to offer some sort of competition but more needs to be done and the Council ought to force Primark to reopen its doors backing onto Bradshawgate as it is now a ghost town since Primark got their way and closed that entrance off!!!

Hopefully Moorgate will be successful in getting in more retail companies into the Market Place now they have reviewed what needs doing and rectifying the rent prices and offering subsidies to get more sops back into the complex!
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Home is where the heart is[/bold] wrote: A second hand shop with fancy prices.[/p][/quote]Well it works in Altrincham and Manchester, successfully! But how many clothes that are for sale in department stores are actually returns, thus making them second hand, so what's the difference?[/p][/quote]This isn't Manchester, but I agree the dead nature of town and spiraling prices of some of the trades in the corporate rip-off stores need to be challenged in a town where it seems to be the case where charity shops thrive, pound-shops multiply and wages stay cr@p. Still we DO need that £48-million plus Interchange to take shoppers away from that tragic excuse for a market at the cost of £4-million and into the THRIVING Manchester City Center and the thousands of apartments springing up in Salford and Manchester. After all it is good to know that there is an alternative if you wish to buy clothing that would have been at a reasonable price tag on ebay but snapped up to be sold on for a few more pounds of profit by the Bolton public. I applaud you for noticing.[/p][/quote]ell I think everyone knows my views on the new Bus Station - it ain't required!!! After seeing the "improvements" to the market - is it me of is the "lifestyle" section just a direct carbon copy of how The Market Hall used to look like and in that case why did the cross-party council sell the Market Hall??? This "new" shop is a first to offer some sort of competition but more needs to be done and the Council ought to force Primark to reopen its doors backing onto Bradshawgate as it is now a ghost town since Primark got their way and closed that entrance off!!! Hopefully Moorgate will be successful in getting in more retail companies into the Market Place now they have reviewed what needs doing and rectifying the rent prices and offering subsidies to get more sops back into the complex! The Righteous One
  • Score: 2

10:26am Fri 11 Apr 14

MissPeg says...

The Righteous One wrote:
steveG wrote:
Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.
But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015!
They can't cut them per se but they can offer relief and grants, like they are doing now and like other towns, such as Wigan, were doing early on in the economic crisis.
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.[/p][/quote]But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015![/p][/quote]They can't cut them per se but they can offer relief and grants, like they are doing now and like other towns, such as Wigan, were doing early on in the economic crisis. MissPeg
  • Score: 0

10:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )
20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : ) thomas222
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Fri 11 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )
Thomas,

Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!!
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: 20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )[/p][/quote]Thomas, Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!! The Righteous One
  • Score: 0

1:42pm Fri 11 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

MissPeg wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
steveG wrote:
Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.
But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015!
They can't cut them per se but they can offer relief and grants, like they are doing now and like other towns, such as Wigan, were doing early on in the economic crisis.
The problem is the Councils could offer relief and grants but where does that money come from? It comes from what they get paid by Central Government to collect the Business Rates, therefore it reduces the revenue for the council, and just look at the financial mess the Council is currently in (although not helped that certain members of the council do nothing to help the situation such as Clifford "3 jobs" Morris!!!)
[quote][p][bold]MissPeg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steveG[/bold] wrote: Cutting business rates drastically is the only way the town centre will be rejuvenated.[/p][/quote]But Bolton Council cannot cut the Business rates as they are set by Central Government and the next review is after the next General Election in 2015![/p][/quote]They can't cut them per se but they can offer relief and grants, like they are doing now and like other towns, such as Wigan, were doing early on in the economic crisis.[/p][/quote]The problem is the Councils could offer relief and grants but where does that money come from? It comes from what they get paid by Central Government to collect the Business Rates, therefore it reduces the revenue for the council, and just look at the financial mess the Council is currently in (although not helped that certain members of the council do nothing to help the situation such as Clifford "3 jobs" Morris!!!) The Righteous One
  • Score: 0

3:05pm Fri 11 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )
Thomas,

Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!!
Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not!
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: 20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )[/p][/quote]Thomas, Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!![/p][/quote]Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not! thomas222
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Fri 11 Apr 14

The Righteous One says...

thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )
Thomas,

Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!!
Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not!
How many clothes have you bought from a so called reputable store not realising that they are cast off, returns or second hand?

All shops do it, but you don't realise it.

Think about the sales, why are clothes up to 80% off - bought in for the sale and stock that has been returned (ie second hand)!!!!

I congratulate the council because it may be a glorified second hand shop, but with more class and more selective with what they sell and it is a prime market nowadays and many shops have started off just like that (such as Marks and Spencer with their Penny Bazaars in Leeds and Manchester).

Therefore, isn't X-Records just a glorified second hand shop that has existed for over 20 years and is a big success.

At least its binging competition and jobs which helps the local economy and helps to kickstart beeging people back into the town.

Yet,again, Thomas, you have nothing good to say - you never do!!!! What would UKIP have done?
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: 20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )[/p][/quote]Thomas, Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!![/p][/quote]Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not![/p][/quote]How many clothes have you bought from a so called reputable store not realising that they are cast off, returns or second hand? All shops do it, but you don't realise it. Think about the sales, why are clothes up to 80% off - bought in for the sale and stock that has been returned (ie second hand)!!!! I congratulate the council because it may be a glorified second hand shop, but with more class and more selective with what they sell and it is a prime market nowadays and many shops have started off just like that (such as Marks and Spencer with their Penny Bazaars in Leeds and Manchester). Therefore, isn't X-Records just a glorified second hand shop that has existed for over 20 years and is a big success. At least its binging competition and jobs which helps the local economy and helps to kickstart beeging people back into the town. Yet,again, Thomas, you have nothing good to say - you never do!!!! What would UKIP have done? The Righteous One
  • Score: 0

10:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
The Righteous One wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )
Thomas,

Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!!
Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not!
How many clothes have you bought from a so called reputable store not realising that they are cast off, returns or second hand?

All shops do it, but you don't realise it.

Think about the sales, why are clothes up to 80% off - bought in for the sale and stock that has been returned (ie second hand)!!!!

I congratulate the council because it may be a glorified second hand shop, but with more class and more selective with what they sell and it is a prime market nowadays and many shops have started off just like that (such as Marks and Spencer with their Penny Bazaars in Leeds and Manchester).

Therefore, isn't X-Records just a glorified second hand shop that has existed for over 20 years and is a big success.

At least its binging competition and jobs which helps the local economy and helps to kickstart beeging people back into the town.

Yet,again, Thomas, you have nothing good to say - you never do!!!! What would UKIP have done?
You tell me you seem to know everything...
[quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Righteous One[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: 20k to get a second hand shop is mental when we have major quality retail giants waiting to see how the new Market Hall looks before moving in. : )[/p][/quote]Thomas, Why not try and opening a shop yourself. I have experience and 20K is a drop in the ocean - rent, rates, utilities, stock, staff, cleaners, fixtures and fittings, signs, decorating, advertising - it all adds up!!![/p][/quote]Why should the tax payers money be used for a private Company to finance itself when many people cant afford to heat their homes. It may have a fancy name in this article but lets cut the crap & see it for what what it really is... a glorified second hand clothes shop selling peoples cast offs they no longer want. Well done Bolton Council you are doing a great job of attracting good quality shops to the town. Not![/p][/quote]How many clothes have you bought from a so called reputable store not realising that they are cast off, returns or second hand? All shops do it, but you don't realise it. Think about the sales, why are clothes up to 80% off - bought in for the sale and stock that has been returned (ie second hand)!!!! I congratulate the council because it may be a glorified second hand shop, but with more class and more selective with what they sell and it is a prime market nowadays and many shops have started off just like that (such as Marks and Spencer with their Penny Bazaars in Leeds and Manchester). Therefore, isn't X-Records just a glorified second hand shop that has existed for over 20 years and is a big success. At least its binging competition and jobs which helps the local economy and helps to kickstart beeging people back into the town. Yet,again, Thomas, you have nothing good to say - you never do!!!! What would UKIP have done?[/p][/quote]You tell me you seem to know everything... thomas222
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