Sarah Laker, award winning stationer and Independent champion of National Stationery week, expands to Wilmslow.
Sarah Laker owner of Stationery Supplies, Marple has expanded to a second shop in Wilmslow. Sarah, a self confessed stationery addict, left behind a career in nursing 15 years ago to run her Cheshire shop. With no previous experience of retail she has gone from strength to strength winning Office Club retailer of the year in 2015, being shortlisted for the Best Small Shops award in 2019 and winner of London Stationery Show Northern Independent retailer of the year 2020.
Sarah says ‘I’ve always wanted a second shop, I’ve looked at a few over the years but none felt right. Everything has just fallen into place for my purchase of Stationery Solutions, which will be rebranded to Stationery Supplies including the iconic ( trademark?) Pencil planter in front of the window.
It might seem crazy expanding to a second shop during a pandemic but actually, it’s perfect timing! People are swinging back to shopping local, they’ve valued their independent shops during lockdown and are voting for the kind of community they want to live in by supporting local business. Also so many people are working at home and small commuter towns like Marple and Wilmslow are coming into their own’
Sarah will be be keeping it in the family and employing her oldest daughter, Molly, who, after learning from her mum experience, will eventually will go on the manage the shop.