Shop Owner Who Set Up Business During Pandemic Is Set To Reopen

A man who has opened up a new shop in Leek during the pandemic is looking forward to opening the doors again next week.

New homeware and furniture shop Cuckoo has proved that with the right business and a lot of hard work, launching a new venture during a national pandemic and several lockdowns can still be a success.

Pete Corbett first opened Cuckoo’s doors in July after several months of renovating the shop that is situated on Sheep Market in the centre of the town.

With a background in carpentry and in renovating houses, Pete had a long held dream to launch his own business where he could sell the type of furniture and decor that he would want in his own home.

He said: “Many people might have thought it crazy to open a new shop this year, but for me the time was right, so when the shop on Sheep Market became available I knew it was just perfect because of its prime location and size.

“I actually come from Saddleworth just outside of Manchester, but I was drawn to Leek because of its reputation for being a hub for antique and independent businesses and it has absolutely been the right decision. I’ve found the people of Leek so welcoming and there is incredible support here from the other independent traders and the Totally Locally Leek initiative.”

Pete is now busy preparing to officially reopen Cuckoo in line with the reopening of none essential businesses in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.

He added: “While we have operated a click and collect service during lockdown, nothing beats actually being able to welcome people back into the shop.

“We’ve had lots of new stock in anticipation for our reopening and I hope that anyone that has popped into Leek during the last week has noticed our Christmas window displays which have been great fun pulling together.”

Cuckoo will reopen on December 3 and will be open on Tuesdays to Saturdays every week in the run up to Christmas.