Maggie’s Bazaar may help Morecambe’s retail revival

Maggie's Bazaar, Lora Heighway and her mum Maggie with the SOS logo and in their new clothes shop on Pedder Street.

Maggie's Bazaar, Lora Heighway and her mum Maggie with the SOS logo and in their new clothes shop on Pedder Street.

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There are hidden gems to be discovered on Morecambe’s shopping streets.

Maggie’s Bazaar, which has just opened on the corner of Pedder Street, is a treasure trove of ladies fashions, jewellery, mirrors, cushions, bridal wear and knick-knacks.

Morecambe mother-and-daughter team Maggie Blacow-Curwen and Lora Heighway are the brains behind this chic new clothes and gift shop.

Backing our #SOSMorecambe campaign to Support Our Shops, Maggie and Lora say attitudes need to change if our town is to turn the corner.

“Everything that ever gets put forward to improve Morecambe gets stopped,” said Lora.

“I think Urban Splash’s plans for the promenade are a good idea. They’re not going to spoil much of the view.”

Lora, 31, took the plunge to open Maggie’s Bazaar after leaving her job as a training officer with Axa Insurance.

She joined forces with her mum, who previously owned shops on West Street and Albert Road in the West End.

“We are doing all right, we are covering costs,” said Lora.

“We see so much potential in this shop. We want to get bigger and bigger.”

They thanked their landlord Richard Taylor for being flexible with the rent, enabling them to make a start in difficult times.

“He gave us our first month free,” said Lora.

“There was a lot of work that needed doing, and after we started, the ceiling fell down!

“But Richard then gave us the second month free too, which really helped.

“More landlords need to be like that.”

Lora and Maggie say their biggest challenge is getting people through their doors.

“If it’s a nice day we’re packed out but if it’s raining people come in all depressed and ask: ‘Are these the only shops there are in Morecambe?’

“They need to do free parking sometimes and there’s too many traffic wardens. They put people off coming.”