Fashion and homeware store coming to Barton thanks to Humber Bridge tolls being slashed
Bosses of a fashion and homeware firm moving to Barton say cuts to the bridge tolls are drawing in more shoppers.
Coco is the latest firm to move into the town and will open in the former Dimpled Heart unit on George Street on Friday, September 7.
The business, which also has shops in Brigg and Waltham, near Grimsby, will be the seventh to open in Barton since March and has created three jobs.
Officials at the company say they were attracted to the town after the reduction in Humber Bridge tolls.
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Heather Tyson, owner of the firm, said: "I think it is a beautiful town visually and the people are lovely.
"The reduction in bridge tolls is helping boost the economy and also I have been looking for another location and the shop was right, so it all fell into place.
"There have been a lot of positives from local residents and the response has been very warm.
"We do fashion and interiors and the clothes we do are high quality at a discount."
Sarah Mason, office manager at Coco, said: "We have been talking to the shopkeepers in Barton who have all been really positive about the town.
"They have all noticed a difference since the reduction in the Humber Bridge tolls that has seen more people from Hull travelling to the town.
"Our new shop in Barton will be smaller in size than the one in Brigg but will sell the same kind of homeware and clothes.
"It is a positive step for us in that we are able to expand and also good to see that Barton is doing well as well."
Coco joins shops such as Papillon, Crazy Card Crafts and Age UK, which have all opened their doors in the town centre this summer.
Other businesses welcomed the arrival of Coco and said they had noticed an upturn in visitors to Barton recently.
A safety wear shop is celebrating its first anniversary of opening in Barton town centre.
Reincarnate Safety began trading on High Street in September last year.
Owner Adam Rye initially operated the business from his home, but within six months found that a shop was needed.
Mr Rye then expanded the trading space in the shop four months later.
Reflecting on the last 12 months, he said: "Throughout this year, we've grown from strength to strength – expanding in various new lines and finally investing lots of money in some state-of- the-art embroidery equipment."