This is why The Original Art Shop is leaving the popular mall after 31 years in business



The Original Art Shop will soon be out of business from its downtown space after more than three decades.

Directors Chris Cornwall and John Davies made the business decision to leave the Intu Potteries Shopping Center at the end of May to focus on their existing Trentham Gallery within the Trentham Estate.

COO Chris said: “We are refocusing the business to focus all of our attention on our Trentham gallery.

“We had two galleries in the same area, competing for the same market, so our favorite gallery to keep is Trentham.

“It’s not just another store closure story. We’re on Main Street, so of course we’re facing the pressure of rising overheads like any other Main Street retailer.

“However, we have considered other obstacles and reacted to resolve the pressures and overcome them.”

The Original Art Shop closes its Hanley branch on May 26

Chris and John have revealed that they plan to invest and renovate their Trentham store in the near future.

Chris added: “We have spoken to our owners and once we are out of the Hanley store we will be doing some renovations to bring the Hanley theme to Trentham.

“And we hope this will give more impact to the Trentham Gallery.”

Going forward, the art store will no longer supply works from its original supplier, Washington Green Publishing, and will instead use works from DeMontfort Fine Art.

They are refocusing their efforts on their Trentham gallery

Chris added, “We have created a new relationship with DeMontfort Fine Art which will provide us with limited edition giclées, original pieces, silkscreens and contemporary sculptures.

“They are delighted with the new relationship and fully support the transfer of the business to them.

“We had a temporary opening at the Trentham store three weeks ago and we want to make Trentham the place where locals can go for their art.”

As part of the development, The Original Art Shop will soon launch a brand new website where all of the shop’s pieces will be made available.

Chris and John have also informed their customer database of stock reduction offers – discounts of up to 60% – at the Hanley Gallery through May 26.

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