New opportunity for small retailers coming to Oldham

I have just seen the following posted on Facebook:

FOLLOWING the success of TradersOutlet’s in Sale and Altrincham, the popular independent outlet is opening at Waterloo Mill in Oldham.
Waterloo Mill will specialise in discounted branded fashions, homewares, toys, shoes, luggage, bags and accessories, and will be the latest addition to the successful TradersOutlet concession format. Planned to open in March 2013, the mill will spread over 24,000 sq ft, making Waterloo Mill one of the largest independent, dedicated concession stores in Manchester.
Occupying a unique position, the outlet aims to be the first choice for established retailers and independent local businesses seeking a presence in major shopping centres and on high streets. It is hoped that Waterloo Mill will become the first choice for local people in the community who are seeking a pleasant and affordable, alternative shopping experience where they can get everything they need under one roof, in the knowledge that they are supporting local independent businesses.
Owned by brothers Mathew and Marcus Wray, Waterloo Mill will undoubtedly follow in the success of their TradersOutlet stores in Altrincham and Sale, which house over 130 established independent shops, retailers and specialists.
Mathew said: “With its busy high-street site, close to local transport links, we want Waterloo Mill to be first choice both for traders looking for great premises, and local people seeking a pleasant and affordable alternative shopping experience where they can enjoy the convenience of finding everything they need in one place.”
As with TradersOutlet, Waterloo Mill will have the provision of serviced tills – whereby stock is individually bar-coded so people can buy them from an alternative member of staff even when you’re not there. This frees up your time to source more stock.
Mathew added: “Another way of looking at this is that you have storage space with the added bonus of customers being able to see – and buy – your products. Of course, if you want to, you can stay on site to sell them yourself.
“If you’re an established retailer or have always wanted to work for yourself this is the perfect opportunity. Your costs can be tailored to your requirements with the addition or reduction of space to suit.”

This is the former Wrays building and rumours have been rife for months that something like this was going to open. It seems to be associated with the popular Traders Outlets in Altrincham and Sale, which both offer low-cost units in a multi-occupancy retail space to small businesses that would otherwise be unable to afford premises. I will be watching with interest.

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Comment by Lisa Gee (Moderator) on June 21, 2013 at 4:34pm

I haven't been yet. I'm quite curious, but it's a bit out of the way and with traffic/parking down that end of town being all over the place, it puts me off a bit. I would have wandered down while I was in town yesterday, but as usual I was rushing to get things done while Flynn was at playgroup.

Comment by Julie Crowley on June 21, 2013 at 4:20pm

Has anyone been yet?  I passed it and looked in windows on Friday, but didnt get the time as hoped to have a  look around.  Maybe tomorrow!   I did chat to a lady I overheard talking about it who seemed to like it (we were in M & S) and it looks varied.   Most people apprently havent heard about it, and I've only seen a full page advert in the Chronicle once.

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