STATIONER Sarah Laker has branched out from her successful shop in Marple to open a second branch in Wilmslow.

Sarah, the owner of Stationery Supplies, has taken over Stationery Solutions on Chapel Lane following the retirement of David Hall, who owned the shop for 11 years.

Sarah said: “I’ve always wanted to expand my passion further afield, and have looked at a few options for a second shop over the years, but none ever felt right.

“However, this time everything feels as though it is meant to be, and has just fallen into place.

“The Stationery Solutions shop is part of the Wilmslow retail experience, and I will be immediately looking to expand on that, including rebranding to Stationery Supplies and the iconic Pencil planter in front of the window, creating a noticeable link between the two shops.

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Sarah Laker with her daughter Molly

“It might seem crazy expanding to a second shop during a pandemic, but actually it is perfect timing.

“People are swinging back to shopping local, they’ve valued their independent shops during lockdown, and are voting for the kind of community they want to live in by supporting local business.

“In addition, so many people are working at home, popping into their local shop rather than ordering through the business account, and small commuter towns like Marple and Wilmslow are starting to thrive more than some of the larger shopping centres.”

Sarah will be keeping the business in the family and employing her eldest daughter, Molly, who will eventually manage the new shop.

Sarah left a career in nursing 15 years ago to run her Cheshire shop.