THE New Year will see a new Centre Manager at Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade.
Medi Parry is looking forward to taking on the role and she is aiming to build on the success of the shopping complex, which opened two years ago.
The former Assistant Manager at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, started her retail career at a centre in Doncaster and moved to her previous position in 2009.
She has been covering for her predecessor Debbie Anderson — who is now manager of a shopping centre in Middlesbrough — over the last few weeks, which has given her a feel for the job.
“I’m very excited about my new role and everyone I’ve met in Morpeth has been very friendly, welcoming and happy to help,” said Ms Parry.
“Increasing footfall was my main role at Marshall’s Yard, which included promotions and events, and getting even more people through the doors is something I will be looking to achieve.
“As well as our own events such as ‘New Year, New You’ that is coming up soon, I will be looking at how we can work together with the organisers of the town’s big annual events to add to them.
“I will be speaking regularly to the retailers and other businesses in the arcade to find out what we can do to help them attract new customers, such as updating our website about promotions and other things they are running.
“I’ve got a busy few weeks coming up as I introduce myself to people and groups and look for somewhere to live.”
The 28-year-old, who grew up in Wales, is very impressed with what Morpeth has to offer.
She said: “I’ve had the chance to walk around and eat out in the town and I’ve noticed that it has an excellent range of national and independent retailers.
“Morpeth is setting the trend for high street shopping in market towns across the region and there are hardly any empty units despite the tough economic times.
“I’ve met people from organisations such as Morpeth Town Council and the Chamber of Trade and it’s clear that they are passionate about the town as a whole doing well.
“I will be supporting events and activities that benefit all of Morpeth as much as I can.”
Ms Parry was appointed by Sanderson Arcade developers Dransfield Properties just before Christmas.
Dransfield’s Head of Communications Amanda Holmes said: “Medi has worked for Dransfield Properties for the last two years at our Marshall’s Yard development in Gainsborough, where she has been instrumental in working with stakeholders in the town on events and initiatives and driving footfall at the centre.
“We are extremely pleased she is taking on the role of Centre Manager to head up the great team of people we have at the arcade.
“We also wish Debbie all the very best in her new position.”