A new Charles Clinkard store has opened at Teesside Shopping Park following the completion of a six-figure refurbishment.
Colin Clinkard, who retired as managing director in 1997 and remains a director, cut a ribbon to declare the store open for business.
The latest addition to the growing shoe retailer’s chain brings with it 20 sales assistant jobs and boosts the number of people working for the company to more than 550.
Teesside Shopping Park is one of the North East’s top retail destinations, with more than 11 million visitors a year – which is why, along with its origins on Teesside – Clinkard chose it for its flagship store.
Colin, whose parents opened the first Charles Clinkard in 1924, said: “It’s an honour to officially open the new Teesside Park store so close to where the company first started out.
“We’ve created lots of new jobs and are pleased to be able to continue to support the local economy, and we are thrilled to receive the loyalty and continued support of the people of the area.
“Our employees are a vital part of our long-term success and offer excellent customer service, going above and beyond for our customers.”
As well as the £300,000 investment in the Teesside Park shop the firm also opened a new £3m head office and warehouse at Cannon Park in Middlesbrough earlier this year.
Since it started out 90-plus years ago the company has gone from strength-to-strength and is now a nationwide success with 34 stores across the UK.
The new 4,500 sq ft location marks the company’s first ever retail park location and its seventh store in the North East, joining Newcastle, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar, Northallerton and Dalton Park.
It will be open seven days a week, open evenings Monday-Saturday until 8pm and until 5pm on Sunday.
• Pictured (above): Colin Clinkard (front centre) officially opens the new Teesside Park store with sales consultants Debbie Robinson (front left) and Lauren Hird (front right) and the Charles Clinkard team.