One shop closes, another one opens

The former Unbox shop on Brock Street, Lancaster.
The former Unbox shop on Brock Street, Lancaster.

A CITY gift shop has fallen victim to the economic downturn just 18 months after opening.

Unbox, on Brock Street, which was opened by the owners of Arteria with Gallery 23 in September 2010, has closed.

But another empty shop unit on Common Garden Street is set to re-open in the near future.

The former Greengrocer shop has been bought by pet accessory business Bay Pets, which currently has a stall on Lancaster Market.

It will help fill a gap in the local pet supply market, with Pearson’s Pet & Aquatic Store on China Street set to close by the end of next week after developers bought the building to turn it into student housing.

Jane Richardson, owner of Unbox, which sold quirky designer gifts and held exhibitions, said: “Whilst the rapid growth in sales after opening in September 2010 has reflected its strong popularity with customers, following a review of the current economic climate and future trading conditions, with great regret we have concluded that we must close.

“The closure of Unbox will not affect the future of Arteria which continues to receive great support from its many loyal customers.”

Unbox will survive as an occasional exhibitor at the Lancaster University gift market. Anyone with queries about products or services relating to Unbox or who has Unbox gift vouchers, can contact Jane or Sharon Burns at Arteria, an independent retailer of design-led gifts which also has an art gallery, on 01524 61111.