Gravesend market trader Sarah Cooke swaps stall for showroom

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 10 June 2015

Artist's impression of Gravesend Borough Market

Artist's impression of Gravesend Borough Market


Business has grown steadily

A year and a half ago, Sarah Cooke was just starting out as a market trader.

But, as Gravesend Borough Market closed for a £1.8 million refurbishment last week, she swapped the stall for a showroom and moved to a permanent shop in The Hive, Northfleet.

The store, Home and Vision, sells secondhand and end-of-line furniture and electrical goods.

It was officially opened on Monday by Gravesham Borough Council’s cabinet member for business development, Samir Jassal.

The council owns The Hive, as it is keen to help small businesses, and helped Sarah with the move.

She said: “This opens a new door for our business.

“We have been very encouraged by our growing number of customers, and the new showroom enables us to have a permanent base to continue to grow.

“Thanks go in no small part to the council for their help to achieve this.”

Mr Jassal added: “Sarah has developed her business steadily and rapidly outgrown the market stall.

“We wish her every success.”

The market closed on Saturday for a major refurbishment.

Most of the stallholders have moved to vacant units in the town, including ten who have gone to the St George’s Shopping Centre.

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