Sheffield solicitor helps online retailer expand onto the high street

Sheffield solicitor helps online retailer expand onto the high street

15:28 20 October in Member News
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A Sheffield property law specialist, Mason Thomas Law, has helped the UK’s leading vintage clothing company, Glass Onion Vintage, expand on Sheffield city centre’s high street.

Previously located in a pop-up unit on Norfolk Street, the new store at 65 Division Street in Sheffield, is the first of a number which Glass Onion Vintage now plans to open on high streets throughout the UK over the next three years. The company’s new high street presence will add to Glass Onion Vintage’s long-established online, wholesale and events sales channels.

Founder and managing director of Glass Onion Vintage, John Hickling, said: “The pop-up unit in Sheffield which we opened in 2019 was an opportunity for us to test the water for expansion on the high street. The demand for a unique product like ours, is definitely there and I see our expansion on high streets in the UK as being very much part of the future for Glass Onion Vintage.”

Keen to capitalise on Sheffield’s returning student population, the new store was opened in 14 October. Mason Thomas Law ensured the contract for the new lease was completed in a short time frame.

John commented: “It was vital for us to be able to optimise on the sales opportunities with the new term starting and Christmas coming up. The Mason Thomas Law team were thorough, responsive and focused on getting the deal done enabling us to open on time.”

Established in Barnsley in 2006, the business now employs 64 people and manufactures up to 12,000 pieces of remade clothing a month. Most recently Glass Onion Vintage was nominated for a British Fashion Council Changemaker prize.

John added: “There’s so many opportunities in our industry but our expansion onto the high street feels like we’re at the start of a new chapter in Glass Onion Vintage’s journey.”

Cathy Thomas, director and solicitor of Mason Thomas Law said: “We were delighted to assist John with the lease for the new Division Street premises in Sheffield City Centre. It was great to be able to play a small part in the growth of Glass Onion Vintage as well as helping increase the presence of a business in Sheffield City centre. We’re looking forward to working with John and his team in the future as Glass Onion Vintage expands across the UK.”

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Elle Smith

elle.smith@brchamber.co.uk
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