An antique dealer opens at Royal Arcade Norwich
An antique dealer hopes his pop-up shop will become permanent in the Royal Arcade.
Oliver Kent opened Old School Interiors in the Arcade on September 5th.
Mr Kent is currently on a weekly contract, but is hopeful the new site owners could mean he signs up permanently.
He said: “It’s such a great unit and it’s absolutely perfect for what I’m selling.
“There are a lot of other antique shops in Norwich, but they tend to have a lot of stuff, so I hand pick all of this. If it wasn’t in the store, it would be my house.
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“I really love this building and the space, so it would be great if I could open up here for good.
“I know the Royal Arcade is sold. At the moment the rent is not really affordable for me, so maybe a new owner would be open to a conversation.”
Mr Kent was working as a physical education teacher when the pandemic began, but was put on leave before opening his own business.
“Antiques are in my blood,” he said.
“My grandfather was an antique dealer and I love it.
“It was a little scary going solo with a family and two young kids at home, but I love this job and so far the response has been very positive.
“I collect my coins from all over the country – I constantly drive to old country houses to pick up new items.”
He added, “I’m sitting here and notice people aren’t even looking. They just use the arcade as a passageway instead of coming here as a shopping destination.
“I would really like to change that and I think I can – we just need a few more tenants here.
“We had people come over and spent a lot of money, I just need more traffic.”
Mr Kent, based in South Norfolk, added: “I always update the stock. I don’t want people coming here and always finding the same things, I try to bring in new stuff every day. .
“This morning I brought 20 things, for example.”