New owner revitalises key Lydgate Top Shop off-licence

p13 caroline's shopA CRUCIAL off-licence in one of Saddleworth’s smallest villages is being brought back to life seven days a week for the benefit of locals. 

Caroline’s Top Shop at Lydgate threw open its doors in March to welcome customers after being closed for a refurbishment under new management.p13 caroline's shop4

The shop has been repainted and rearranged by new owner Caroline Plant, 39, to freshen it up. p13 caroline's shop 2
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And it is now restocked with a large array of items including sweets and chocolate, bread, eggs, milk, alcohol, newspapers and even dog food.

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REVAMPED: Caroline’s shop

And even though there is still work to be done, Caroline says she is pleased to once more be able to offer a place for residents to pop in for any treats or essentials.

p13 caroline's shop p13 caroline's shop 2Caroline, who previously worked as a doorwoman, said: “When I saw the shop I thought there was a lot of room for improvement.

“It had been left to run down and it’s still not quite finished.But it is in a great spot and a good place for locals to get any essentials they need.

“People don’t seem to know it’s under new management and it’s reopened so I just want to welcome everyone in.” p13 caroline's shop 2

The shop joins just a handful of others in the area – Jo Ferns Salons and Ruger barbers – and community group Love Lydgate welcomed the addition.

They said: “Love Lydgate are delighted to welcome the new Top Shop owner Caroline.

“We would like the community to support her with your trade as much as possible. Without regular custom it is impossible to expect a range of fresh goods on offer in our area.

“We need to support our local businesses where ever and whenever we can if we want to keep the local facility.”

Caroline’s Top Shop is open seven days a week from 10am to 9pm. For more details, please contact Caroline: 07787 174806.


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