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Nathan Alexander pictured at his new 60-dealer antiques centre in Southampton, a former National Westminster bank building in the city centre built in 1867.

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The latest is in the Grade II-Listed former National Westminster bank in central Southampton in the High Street, built in 1867 in a decorative Italianate style.

A furniture dealer in a former life, Alexander said: “I do miss that buying and selling but I don’t have the time now with 300 traders at the three sites.

“We lost a lot of business from the cruise ships during lockdown but since reopening in July we have done very well.”

He added: “The high street emporium is such a beautifully peaceful building – you wouldn’t think you were in the centre of Southampton.”

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Restoration experts are working on this vintage 5ft (1.52m) high illuminated fibreglass Art-Deco-style clock that hung outside the offices of the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton before the building was demolished in the 1990s. “We have the clock in our Shirley centre and next month it will be refurbished and put in our city centre store for a while, before hopefully being placed somewhere on a wall in the city centre,” said Robin’s Nest Emporium owner Nathan Alexander.

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