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Shoppers will be welcomed to Southampton outlet by life-size Tatty Teddy and friends.

New Carte Blanche store opens its doors

The new Carte Blanche store in Southampton’s Marlands Centre is to finally open its doors.

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 Aboce Bar Street. The first 200 shoppers who spend £10 or over will take away a goody bag.

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 be open seven days a week, selling toys, gifts and greetings cards.

"Carte Blanche is expert in developing character brands and innovative, fun products," said Alister Marchant, Carte Blanche CEO. "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, added: "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 by 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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