Ramsgate mayor Raushan Ara did the honours this morning (May 1) to officially open Hidden Treasures indoor market in Ramsgate.
The market is offering everything from antiques to fudge and cakes and a vinyl record stall at the former JC Rook & Son’s shop in the town centre.
Businessman Behrooz Abdolvand bought the former butcher and pie shop in Ramsgate to be turned into Hidden Treasures.
The Persian businessman, who now lives in Margate, has made an investment to bring the site back into use.
Behrooz, who has two children currently studying at universities in Canterbury and Warwick, formerly worked in Iran where his business had the sole contract for laying the gas pipelines.
He has teamed up with Dave Humphries, who was in the paper industry before retiring and opening an antiques shop in Broadstairs and then Herne Bay.
The venue will also have a café, currently in progress, and a downstairs music area.
Dad-of-three Dave, from Broadstairs, said: “We will be open seven days a week. We have cabinets that people rent and stalls as well as our own antiques and collectibles.
“There are three large rooms upstairs and we will also have a kitchen and café and will seek permission for chairs and tables out the front.”
Mayor Ara said: “A very big welcome to David Humphries and Behrooz Abdolvand and congratulations on the opening of the new indoor market Hidden Treasures in King Street.
“I wish them the very best for the future, and it is wonderful to have another new business in Ramsgate. My hope is that other small businesses will join them in revitalising the town.”
To make enquiries about taking space at the indoor market, call Dave on 07717774075.
J C Rook & Sons shops closed in March last year after the firm went into administration.
The firm had been trading in Kent for well over half a century but owed some £2million when it shut, with some 137 people losing their jobs.
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I am so looking forward to visiting soon
just what we needed , another shop full of old rubbish – sorry treasures
Real World. I see your nastiness has not changed, I thought and hoped you had disappeared but seems not.
Nothing good to say about someone trying their best in Thanet? No?, then please keep your crass thoughts to yourself.
Why bother hope your satisfied with yourself and your insidious relentless GASLIGHTING! FUBAR CREATER OF THE END OF EVERYTHING
An indoor market, selling vintage items, is much better than another empty shop on the ailing Ramsgate High Street. I can’t wait to visit, and I know of at least 20 other people who will be visiting.
What a sad little life, RW..
Wow some real niceness NOT on hear and people wonder why there’s ANGER AND NEGATIVITY IN THIS SMALL MINDED ALLEGED COMMUNITY!
I paid a fleeting visit today. Lots of lovely, interesting items on display. Didn’t have a lot of time to see everything so will definitely be back when I have more time.
Wishing this new venture every success!
Please don’t reply to trolls – this is what they want to see. Best way to deal with attention seekers is to simply ignore them. That way they don’t get the satisfaction of having been noticed.
We’re definitely be visiting this , excellent!
What does “Fubar” mean?
* hi its an acronym f***edup beyond all repair is the meaning of FUBAR.
* sorry forgot FUBAR was first used possibly in ww2 as I understand.
Which makes Donna’s posts even more bizarre!
I look forward to visiting Hidden Treasures.