Stockton High Street has been given a boost thanks to the opening of a new designer clothing store.
Teesside-based Sanderson Weatherall acted as agents for the property’s landlord and secured a 10-year lease to owners Jason Wilton and Gary McCarten – pictured (above) with Sanderson Weatherall’s George Williams – who opened their new shop, Cartel, in September.
With big brands such as Boss, Paul Smith and Stone Island, and the backing of snooker champion Mark Selby and boxer Joe Calzaghe, Cartel is looking to draw in the designer crowd and is already attracting celebrities such as the cast of Geordie Shore and professional footballers.
There are also local labels like Gregory James – co-owned by reigning indoor 60m World and European champion, Richard Kilty, who officially opened the store.
Co-owner said: “After doing a lot of research we realised that there has been a gap in the market for top of the range clothing within Stockton. We are very pleased that we can offer these services locally.”
Gary added: “We wanted to bring high-end men’s clothing to the Stockton area as it is a real passion of ours, and we know that there is plenty of demand for our offering – that’s been proven by the footfall we’ve had so far.”
Sanderson Weatherall’s agency specialists who arranged the letting on behalf of the private landlord are based in the firm’s Westpoint Road offices in Stockton.
The firm also advises clients, such as developers, investors, landlords and tenants, on disposals, acquisitions and development, in sectors such as retail, industrial, office, business parks, hotel and leisure, and residential.
Surveyor Mr Williams said: “As a Teesside business we are always happy to see signs of growth on our high streets and this could be the start of a new era for Stockton.
“Attracting this kind of investment to the area is a positive step and will certainly attract visitors to the town, benefiting the wider business community.”
Sanderson Weatherall has regional offices in Newcastle, Teesside, Darlington, York, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Exeter and London, employs around 200 people and has a turnover of £14m.