Friday, December 9, 2011

News: PROPS Skate Store opens in Rotherham town centre


PROPS skate store is the latest niche independent retailer to open in Rotherham town centre.

Located next to the town's market and RCAT, in the Eastwood Lane Arcade, PROPS specialises in skateboards, scooters, replacements parts and fashion clothing accessories.

Opening this weekend, the store is the brainchild of young enterprising owner, Tom Jones from Kimberworth, who has been an active skateboarder for more than 10 years. Tom had the idea of opening a shop for the local skate park community as he and his friends had to travel to Sheffield or Barnsley to buy their equipment.

Tom said: "There is a large skate park community in Rotherham but there has been no local store to buy our boards, replacement parts, clothes or shoes"

PROPS and will stock a wide range of equipment and Tom hopes that with his acquired knowledge of what young people like to wear and the provision of a wide product range, the shop will meet the needs of the young people in Rotherham.

This is the 14th town centre business to receive support under the Business Vitality Grant Scheme since the scheme began in 2009, and follows new clothing boutiques, bridal shops, homeware and gift stores plus a chocolateur helping to differentiate the town's offer.

Bernadette Rushton, retail investment manager from Rotherham Council said: "It is great to see Tom starting his business this weekend. This type of independent business is just the sort that we are looking to support with the Business Vitality Grant Scheme, and we're happy that the skate shop will add to the range of specialist shops that we have in the town centre, giving shopper even more incentive to shop local!"

PROPS Facebook page
Rotherham town centre website

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