Surprises in store at Southampton shop opening


22/7/13 There’s a blue nose surprise in store for Southampton shoppers this Saturday. A life-size grey teddy bear and his fluffy Blue Nose Friends will be welcoming shoppers to a brand new store in the city’s Marlands Centre.

The shop will sell toys, gifts and greeting cards created by award-winning south coast firm Carte Blanche Group.

Famed for its cute characters such as Tatty Teddy and My Blue Nose Friends, Carte Blanche Group is currently celebrating 25 years in the gift and greetings industry. The company’s products are sold worldwide in leading high street stores and supermarkets, but this is the first time Carte Blanche has opened its own retail outlet.

The bold new retail enterprise allows Carte Blanche the opportunity to showcase its diverse portfolio of brands in one spectacular venue. Shoppers are promised a fun and engaging experience every time they set foot in the store.

Tatty Teddy – the cute signature character of the Me to You brand – has millions of fans all over the world, and is sure to be the star of the shop. Fans will have the chance to preview the very latest Tatty Teddy soft toy design, billed as the softest and most huggable yet!

On Saturday (July 27th) Tatty Teddy and My Blue Nose Friends will make special appearances throughout the day to welcome visitors to the mall in Above Bar Street. The first 200 shoppers who spend £10 or over will take away a goody bag, including some brilliant blue nose goodies.

Launched and managed by retail expert Terry Harvey, the store is on the ground floor of The Marlands Shopping Centre, close to the Disney Store. It will open seven days a week, staffed by a friendly team of retail professionals.

Alister Marchant, Carte Blanche CEO, comments: “Carte Blanche is expert in developing character brands and innovative, fun products. However, having our own store will allow us first hand to understand how consumers engage with our brands and products.

“We chose Southampton because it is such a vibrant retail centre, and The Marlands is a busy, family-friendly venue. We’ve had fantastic support from local people. Our advert for retail assistants in the new store attracted more than 250 applications.”

Stephen Haines, Carte Blanche Founder and Chairman, adds: “Our brands are about sharing sentiment and having fun and we intend to do just that within our new store. Whether you’re coming in to buy a last minute greeting card or to meet Tatty Teddy or some of our talented artists at one of our family fun days, you’re guaranteed an experience to remember.”

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