The Wallingford business has been an antiques centre since 1980 but the owners are retiring.
Gilmour, who opened the Hungerford firm in 1972 – “one of the first antique centres to launch outside London” – is very excited about his new venture and has plans to completely upgrade the premises when he takes over.
This historic 17th/18th century building, among many listed properties in the Oxfordshire town, currently has 40 dealers and a number of the 100-plus dealers from the Hungerford Arcade will also be taking space at the centre.
Gilmour said: “We are extremely busy at Hungerford; trade is really up with higher sales than before the pandemic.”
The beat goes on
Chula Bishop, who deals as Beatnix Vintage at the Hungerford centre, has been in her unit since 2017 and she will also be taking space at the Lamb Arcade following Gilmour’s acquisition.
Bishop is a big lover of the 1950s and 1960s and sells the art glass, ceramics, furniture and, a big hit, the fashion and accessories of the eras, including “a lot of vintage brooches, powder compacts and hats”, she said.
She did have a part-time job in marketing but is so busy running her vintage business, which includes standing at vintage and retro fairs, that she has given that up.