Tailors UK to open second Leicester shop at gallery
A tailors which has made suits for Sven-Goran Erikkson is opening a flagship store in one of Leicester's busiest streets.
Tailoring UK, which already has a branch in Church Gate, is to launch a second shop in Granby Street after owner and creative director Ketan Jethwa bought the building formerly occupied by the City Gallery.
The business will employ about 10 people and be spread across two floors, with a showroom on the ground floor and consultation room on the first floor.
The building is undergoing a refurbishment and is due to open at the start of March.
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Mr Jethwa said he hoped the opening would help breathe some life into Granby Street, which has been hit hard by the closure of shops such as Blacks, Cecil Jacobs and Jessops. He said: "Taking on a premises in Granby Street, I was very conscious of the fact it has become a bit rundown.
"But for us this was more about the convenience of our customers being able to get to us, rather than having a high street location.
"We have bought the building outright, which means we can invest in it.
"It's a good place to be in terms of the parking and accessibility."
The business enjoyed a successful summer last year, during which it created a number of outfits for business people based in London.
This month, it opened a shop in an exclusive part of South Kensington.
Tailoring UK has made a name for itself by creating garments for the likes of former Leicester City and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, former snooker world champion Neil Robertson and millionaire businesswoman Kavita Oberoi.
In addition to Leicester and London, it has shops in Cambridge and Derby and carries out work at its unit in Wheat Street, near Lee Circle, Leicester.
Mr Jethwa said: "The new store in Granby Street will have a lot of garments on show, a lot of fabric.
"We will keep the Church Gate shop, because that stands on its own two feet.
"This is a busy but very exciting time for us."
Mr Jethwa said the new shop in Leicester would act as an outlet for another recent addition to the business, bridal gown service Jessica Farringdon Brides.
He also hopes to eventually to display art work.
The business also carries out alterations through 25 branches of shoe repair specialists Timpsons.