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Council recognises 70 years of trading

Posted onPosted on 26th Sep

A Sutton town centre store that has been trading for 72 years — with its current owner having worked there for 50 years — has been praised by Ashfield District Council.

The authority marked the milestone at Marie Gowns, on Outram Street, by presenting a special plaque to owner Anne Cooper.

It was handed over (above) by the leader of Ashfield District Council, Coun Jason Zadrozny, alongside Coun Samantha Deakin, ward member for Central and New Cross.

First opened in 1947 by Marie, the gown shop is renowned for selling quality ladieswear and an attractive window display. Anne took over ownership in 1981.

Coun Zadrozny said: “It is wonderful to see an independent business based on Outram Street thriving after 72 years of trading.

“It goes to show that hard work and a determination to succeed pays off.

“Trading for over 70 years is a real accomplishment and deserves celebrating. We are proud to have local businesses that have stood the test of time.”

“We need local retailers to continue to succeed alongside national chains to ensure that our town centres are buzzing once again. Hopefully Marie Gowns will remain a fundamental part of Sutton’s high street for many years to come.”