Harmy on hand to mark shop’s move

Ex-England cricketer Steve Harmison and Paint Shop owner Tony Pringle.
Ex-England cricketer Steve Harmison and Paint Shop owner Tony Pringle.

An Ashington businessman is painting a brighter future for the New Year following a move into bigger premises.

Owner of The Paint Shop, Tony Pringle, has relocated his family business to make way for renovation plans of the town centre by developers Arch.

The Paint Shop was previously located in the former Co-op building in Lintonville Terrace for 23 years before it was acquired by Arch as part of its redevelopment scheme.

Mr Pringle, whose new shop is in Woodhorn Road, said: “Although it was a big upheaval, the move could not have come at a better time for us as we were at a point where we needed more room to grow the business further and extend our offerings.

“We are ideally located now on one of the main roads into the town centre so it is a lot more accessible not only to our existing trade customers but also in attracting new customers off the street who want to have a look around.

“Not only is it a positive move for us, but I am also proud to be one of the many independent businesses championing the redevelopment plans for Ashington.”

Ex-England and Durham cricket star Steve Harmison returned to his home town to officially open the new premises.

He said: “Being born and bred here, I am very keen to support independent businesses and the redevelopment plans in the area so I was honoured to officially open the new Paint Shop.”

The Paint Shop is open Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm.