Entrepreneur returns to where it all started with new store

Unique Boutique's Carolyn Wood and Sean Wood.

Unique Boutique's Carolyn Wood and Sean Wood.

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A Whitley Bay man has returned to Royal Quays Outlet Centre to open a boutique – ten years after he started his working life with a Saturday job at one of the stores.

Sean Wood, 26, opened his first Unique Boutique in Whitley Bay and has now opened a second store at the centre following its success.

The store offers chic fashion at affordable prices with a unique collection of Italian and French wear as well as scarves, elegant jewellery and a range of handbags.

Sean has always had a passion for both business and retail, having studied a degree in business and marketing followed by a diploma in Finance and Accounting.

Sean said: “Royal Quays proved to be the ideal location for me.

“I have fond memories of the centre having first worked here ten years ago when I had a Saturday job.

“My background is very much a mixture of business, marketing and retail and I am determined that our second store here in Royal Quays will be just as popular.

“As an independent store we offer customers a variety of choice and a different offering to what you can find on the high street.

“It is a family venture as I work alongside my mum Carolyn Wood, who is also my business partner and has a vast amount of retail expertise under her belt. My girlfriend, Hannah Pattingale, also plays a part in the company working between both stores, as well as helping with marketing and events.”

Royal Quays centre manager Judith Ramshaw said: “As Newcastle’s only out of town shopping outlet, it is always great to welcome an independent store to the centre.

“Unique Boutique has a fresh and vibrant feel and I would urge ladies to pop in and view the collection as they won’t be disappointed.

“As with all our stores, we are on-hand to support the team as they continue to settle into life at the centre.”