PAIGNTON has three new shops. Six jobs have been created by the used entertainment chain Reboot, which opens tomorrow in Victoria Street, the retro shop Pimlico has opened in Palace Avenue and the gift shop Maker's Corner has started trading in Hyde Road.
Reboot is run by Devon entrepreneur Matthew Conridge. He said: "We looked at various towns in the south west and chose Paignton for a number for reasons. The location stood out for us partly because of the population demographic, partly because of store availability and level of value around empty premises and partly because of a good general feeling about the place. It has a good mix of shops and people.
"When planning a store you take into account all the variables and get a feeling about the area and I get a good feeling about Paignton for the location of our fourth shop."
The company, which has stores in Tiverton, Exmouth and Crediton, buys and sells a wide range of used entertainment products including TVs, stereos, DVDs, Blurays, video games, mobile phones and tablets. People can also sell their unwanted items to the store in return for cash or store credit.
The independent shop, Pimlico, specialises in new and old, retro, vintage and antiques, home wares, gifts, handmade goods and lighting.
Paul Stargatt said: "The idea of the shop is to offer a wide range of interesting items which have been carefully handpicked by the owners."
Maker's Corner not only specialises in handmade gifts, but will also be holding regular workshops for people to learn new crafts.
The venture is run by mother and daughter, Marina Bell and Sadie Flitcroft.
Marina said: "I have been doing craft fairs for several years and Sadie, 17, has struggled to find work since leaving college so we decided to open a shop together. We are both passionate about all things handmade and up cycling.
Sadie and Marina will be planning regular workshops throughout the year to include Getting to know your sewing machine and a quilting course.
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