New era for historic shopping mall

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Doncaster’s first historic ‘shopping mall’ that has stood derelict for more than four years is back in business.

Designer childrenswear shop Pud is the first tenant to arrive at King’s Arcade in St Sepulchre Gate -the town’s only under-cover shopping precinct when it was built 100 years ago.

Pud’s arrival marks the start of a new era for the venue that is undergoing a £500,000 transformation into a vibrant shopping arcade by Doncaster developers Lazarus Properties.

This is the third shop for entrepreneurs Frances Bishop and Rachel Mawby who only started their business in January 2014.

The designer boutique offers a child-friendly shopping experience featuring colouring tables and chalk boards to keep the little ones entertained whilst parents browse the rails.

Frances Bishop, mum to two-year-old Oscar said: “I think there was a gap in the market. A lot of shops that sell designer children’s clothes are really expensive so we wanted to offer customers affordable clothing and create an enjoyable shopping experience for parents who often find it difficult to shop with children.”

Pud stocks a wealth of designer brands - often leftover previous season designer clothing from retail giants Selfridges and Harrods - including French Connection, DKNY and Timberland.

Mrs Bishop, 23, of Westwoodside said: “We sell everything from traditional and Spanish to modern and trendy from birth up to age 10.

“Lazarus have done a great job with the development and put a lot of faith in us, it’s such a fantastic location from a business point of view.”

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