Antiques and much more under one roof

Centre expands its number of traders after just three months

A north Northumberland antiques centre, which opened less than four months ago, is going from strength to strength.

The Glendale Antique Centre, just south of Wooler, has recently expanded its offering and has plans to extend the area’s antique market.

The man behind the business is David Douglas, who had always thought that Wooler would make a very good centre for the antiques trade.

So when the premises, a mile south of Wooler on the A697, became vacant, David decided to take the plunge.

“We started on July 1 with eight traders with the single building and then two weeks ago we extended next door and expanded from eight to 13 traders,” he said.

“Trade has been very encouraging, bearing in mind we are in a recession.”

The 13 traders offer an eclectic range of items including local memorabilia, collectables, toys, books, silver and jewellery, furniture, and there is even a specialist postcard dealer.

“We have gone from strength to strength in almost four months,” David said.

“We aim to have something for all tastes and, of course, all pockets.

“We are contributing to Wooler hopefully becoming a bit of an antiques centre for north Northumberland.

“We are finding it’s a very worthwhile trip for people because they pull into more than one place in Wooler.”

The only problem for the Glendale Antiques Centre now is that they are full to capacity and have other traders on a waiting list.

“We are not going to be complacent though, a lot of hard work goes into it,” said David.

There are further plans to develop the antiques trade across north Northumberland as well, with the creation of a antiques trail map for the region with ten or 12 different places involved, covering from Coldstream and Berwick through Ford and Etal, Wooler and down to Alnwick.