Destination store Cotswold Trading opens in Leamington Spa

Stocking products from big-name brands such as Emma Bridgewater and Cath Kidston to independent boutique designers.

Destination gift and lifestyle store Cotswold Trading has opened a new store in Leamington Spa.

The sophisticated brand – famous for its stores in Broadway in the heart of the Cotswolds which attract shoppers from across the globe – is creating seven new jobs after agreeing terms on a vacant shop in Regent Street in Leamington.

Managing Director Kath Mahon said she fell in love with the property, a former Italian restaurant, as soon as she was first shown inside by Bromwich Hardy founding partner Richard Hardy.

“We had been looking all over the Midlands for the right location for a new store and were walking around Leamington when we came across this empty property in Regent Street,” said Kath.

“We were very impressed with the quality of retail in the street and knew from the moment we stepped inside that the shop was exactly right for us. It is full of gorgeous Regency fittings and we immediately fell in love with it and the whole street.”

Kath said the store, the company’s first outside Broadway, had undergone an extensive refit, including new floors, lighting and trendy paint scheme ahead of its opening earlier this month.

“Bromwich Hardy could not have been more helpful in securing us the shop. They have been extremely efficient, friendly and have been a pleasure to work alongside,” Kath added.

Richard from Bromwich Hardy said the 1,835 sq ft site would make the perfect home for Cotswold Trading – renowned for its eclectic range of housewares, gifts and lifestyle products.

“The location in Regent Street, with its attractive mix of independent and upmarket stores in a town which continues to support a healthy retail offering, is an excellent fit for Cotswold Trading.

“They are famed in particular for their exceptional festive shopping experience and we look forward to Leamington enjoying a true taste of a Cotswold Christmas later this year.”

The store, covering two floors with rooms full of stylish homeware and gifts, is now open at 86 Regent Street, Leamington Spa.