New shop heralds revival of town shopping precinct

Deborah Homer gets her bottle of bubbly from shop owner Dee Smith. EMN-150602-151532001
Deborah Homer gets her bottle of bubbly from shop owner Dee Smith. EMN-150602-151532001

Sleaford’s newest shop, Dee’s Gifts, was greeted with a warm welcome from the Sleaford community when it opened its doors last week.

Owned by local couple Peter Spackman and Dee Smith, the gift shop is the first new unit to open in the Riverside Precinct since Lincolnshire Co-operative announced its plans to renovate the area.

The store was officially opened on Saturday, January 31. Peter, Dee and employee Karen Footitt were joined by founding members of Sleaford Town Team with its chairman Clare Rayner invited to cut the ribbon.

Many local people turned out, with the first 20 customers receiving a free giftset, worth up to £10, with any purchase. The very first customers through the door – Deborah Homer, her husband Trevor and daughter Elizabeth – also received a bottle of bubbly to celebrate.

“We were so pleased with the turn-out,” says Peter. “We even had help getting the merchandise ready from the team at the Pop-in Bargain Shop on Friday night. It just goes to show what a great community Sleaford has and we love how friendly everybody has been.”

The couple describe Dee’s Gifts as a ‘gift shop with a difference’, stocking a wide range of seasonal and year-round products.

Clare Rayner commented: “Peter and Dee recognised Sleaford’s potential and we hope this encourages more retailers to look at our town and continue its growth. This marks the start of a brand new age for the Riverside Precinct, and for Sleaford as a whole.”