KENDAL’S former Thomas Cook travel agents is to be turned into a new card shop.

Trader and businesswoman Becky Knowles is the owner and operator of Celebrations Kendal, a card shop in the indoor market hall and, along with her mother Cath Hutchinson, runs the Christmas and More shop in the Westmorland Shopping Centre.

The new store, located on Stricklandgate opposite the library, will be called Celebrations by Becky and will open on November 27.

She is looking forward to using the premises to expand her already successful business.

Becky said: “We’ll be moving out of the market into the old Thomas Cook shop just opposite Costa and the library.

“I am one of the owners of Christmas & More and I also own the card shop in the indoor market in Kendal.

“We are in the process of moving the card shop into the old travel shop and we’re very keen to find a local hero to open our new premises.

“We’ve had another card and gift shop open in Wigan for 18 years and I’ve worked with my mum since I was 16.

“We wanted to expand the premises and grow for the future.

“There are a lot of things we would like to sell and with this extra space we look forward to doing so.

“We’re very excited and we have lots of work to do before then.

“I’m not sure if the shop had been vacant for long but it was a great find for us.

“On the day we are looking for a local hero to help us open.

“If anyone has anyone in mind, they would like to nominate we would love them to get in touch with us.”

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