New Cleveland Centre salon is a Turkish delight

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Teessiders can make the most of a delightful new personal grooming service on their own doorsteps following the opening of a new Turkish Barbers shop in Middlesbrough’s Cleveland Centre.

The shop is the only barbers in the town’s largest retail centre and is located in Central Mall near WH Smith and opposite the Disney Store.

Owner Ilhan Ekinci says he is “excited” to be opening his new venture to go along with his three other barber shops in South Shields, Washington Galleries and Jarrow.

Ilhan, who already has more than 500 regular customers, naturally believes the service he offers is a cut above the rest.

The new Middlesbrough branch offers traditional barbering services and treatments, along with a range of 20% discount offers from Monday to Thursday, and even a loyalty card where customers can get their sixth haircut free.

“Middlesbrough is an exciting new venture for us with a new clientele in a popular shopping centre,” said experienced barber Ilhan, who opened his first shop in South Shields in 2014.

“We’re bringing all of our experience and values to the shop and pride ourselves on our customer service, offering complementary freshly-made coffee and tea, and cold drinks and sweets for children.

“We’ve got to say a big thank you to the Cleveland Centre for allowing us to complete the shop fitting during day-time hours, which allowed us to open on schedule.”

After enjoying a trim and the removal of ear hair by the traditional Turkish method of singeing by flame, Cleveland Centre manager Graeme Skillen said: “The Turkish Barbers is a fantastic addition to the centre.

“They’ve given the unit a fantastic fit-out and I’m confident they’ll quickly attract plenty of regulars from those who work or shop in the town centre.”

The shop currently employs two full-time barbers and is looking to recruit five more staff members in the near future.

• Pictured above: Cleveland Centre’s Graeme Skillen and Sue Mason receive a trim from Oleg Sarachev and Anton Dimitrov at the shopping centre’s new barbers’ shop.


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