Thursday, 28 April 2016
Newbury Emporium – a centre with more than 30 antique dealers and specialists - is set to open its doors in the former Melville Burbage building in Bartholomew Street, Newbury this week (1st May).
Business partners Penny Morgan and Gary Wilkinson are moving the popular Marlborough Parade Antique Centre, which they have owned and managed since 2003, to Newbury to bring the concept to a new audience. Penny also owns Thatcham Jewellers and Hungerford Jewellers.
The centre will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm giving customers the opportunity to browse more than 1,800sq ft. of stock including furniture, silver, glassware, porcelain, pottery, jewellery and collectables.
Penny, who has worked in the antiques trade for nearly 50 years, said: “We’re very excited about opening the centre as we think this is exactly what Newbury needs. Newbury Emporium is much larger than it looks with three rooms which means there’s lots to see.”
Gary, known locally as “Lovejoy”, is a long-standing antique dealer and part-time auctioneer and has appeared on the BBC’s Antique Road Trip and Bargain Hunt programmes.
He added: “Antique hunting is a great weekend pastime and we guarantee that for whatever your budget you can find something exciting and different.”
Michael Forrer who sells general antiques, specialising in naval and scientific instruments said: “Our association with the Marlborough Antiques Centre has always been a happy one, so we’re looking forward to moving to Newbury.
“We will bring valuable and varied, old and new stock to satisfy the collecting preferences of past and future customers at bargain prices. We look forward to welcoming you.”
June Weller who is primarily a jewellery dealer added: “There is always something for everyone to enjoy, it has been a very successful centre in Marlborough so I am really positive that we can bring the same to Newbury.”
The Newbury Emporium will be officially opened on Sunday, 22nd May by television antique expert Stewart Hofgartner who runs Below Stairs antique shop in Hungerford. The event will be open to all and include a free valuation session from 12pm to 3pm with Stewart and also David Harrison from Jubilee Auction Rooms.