Nottingham's Flying Horse Walk has reached full occupancy, bringing with it significant investment into the city’s retail scene.

The historic shopping arcade is full to the rafters and business is booming with the arrival of Brik Barbershop in June and the imminent opening of Gigi Bottega, set to start trading in September.

The mother and daughter team behind the newest business to join the Flying Horse Walk, Debra (51) and Gabriella Trivigno (20), are delighted to set up Gigi Bottega in the exclusive arcade.

Gabriella said: “We’ve designed our shop to have a stripped back feel, making the most of the original features the 14th Century building we’re in has to offer.

“We wanted to go for a very Italian feel. Italy is synonymous with high quality fashionwear and the majority of the designers we will be stocking are based there.”

Other newcomers to the Flying Horse Walk include Pearl Boutique and Brew Cavern, providing Flying Horse Walk with a varied and unique shopping experience.

Matt Revill, surveyor at property consultants FHP, said: “There was a lot of interest in the space available, the units are very popular in this area and it’s a great place for businesses to thrive.”

The walkway, which takes its name from the 17th century Flying Horse Inn, opened in 1988 under FH Mall and is now owned and managed by London & County LLP.

Simon Blair, of London & County LLP which owns the Flying Horse Walk, said: “I’m delighted that the Walk is fully let. All the retailers in the arcade are a perfect fit, supplying unique services and products that won’t be found elsewhere.

“The new retailers will be sure to attract new customers and for the arcade to be at full capacity is fantastic for all of the businesses and local retailers.”

London & County LLP have invested in major improvements since buying the shopping arcade in 2011 including a £100,000 refurbishment, a new website and a stronger presence on social media as part of a wider rebranding exercise.

“The improvements have been really successful and, of course, the retailers’ creativity has played a huge part in the arcade’s success,” added Simon.

“Nottingham’s retail scene is benefitting from considerable investment and the Flying Horse Walk is no different, business has never been better.” 

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