A second antiques centre has launched on the Dodwell Trading Estate outside Stratford-upon-Avon.
Hudson’s, a homes and antiques business has opened in a glass-fronted building that was formerly home to a lifestyle retail premises which closed suddenly earlier this year.
It joins Top Dog Antiques which was launched last year by Ron Hodgson and Mark Rhodes in purpose-built premises on the estate.
Owned by dealer James Hudson, the latest centre will offer 45 decorative antiques, vintage and interiors dealers currently including Ridding and Wynn, Saltmill Vintage and Antique Gent, as well as Rag and Bone Bros from London.
Hudson says: “My interest in antiques was nurtured at a young age by my dad’s career with the Historic Houses Foundation so we visited many beautiful houses. I started trading at Banbury Antiques Centre 15 years ago as a hobby.
“As I took more space in antique centres I realised that the majority of them don’t cater for modern-day traders who have their pieces on their own websites and others as well as social channels, all at the same time.
“With a more tech-savvy lens I can provide the perfect environment and give immediate sales reporting to the traders.”
He adds: “There are many wonderful dealers serving a new generation of buyers who appreciate the quality and sustainability of antique and vintage items mixed with more modern pieces.”
Hodgson says the Top Dog centre is going from strength to strength with a good following from the public and dealers. Two managers have been appointed. He adds: “We welcome Hudson’s with their mix of new homewares and antiques which will attract more people to the site.”