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New skate park paradise in Rotherham town centre

posted 7 Dec 2011, 03:06 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Dec 2011, 03:07 ]
Fashion conscious local skate park enthusiasts from across the Rotherham area now have the opportunity to purchase their skateboards, scooters, replacements parts and fashion clothing accessories locally, thanks to a new specialist shop that is about to open in Rotherham town centre.
PROPS skate store is located next to the town’s market in the Eastwood Lane Arcade and is the brainchild of the shop’s owner Tom Jones. Tom who is 20 and from Kimberworth has been an active skateboarder for more than 10 years. Tom had the idea of opening a shop for the local skate park community as he and his friends had to travel to Sheffield or Barnsley to buy their equipment.
As Tom explains; "There is a large skate park community in Rotherham but there has been no local store to buy our boards, replacement parts, clothes or shoes"

PROPS will stock a wide range of equipment and Tom hopes that with his acquired knowledge of what young people like to wear and the provision of a wide product range, the shop will meet the needs of the young people in Rotherham.
PROPS will officially open this Saturday (10th) but the Mayor of Rotherham Shaun Wright visited the shop ahead of the launch to meet Tom to get some skating tips. The Mayor had previously met Tom at this summer’s Rotherham Show and was keen to see how his idea had turned into reality.
Everyone visiting the store on Saturday will have the chance to win a range of prizes including a unique Christmas design themed skate board. So why not come along and enjoy what this shop has to offer.  
This is the 14th town centre business to receive support under the Business Vitality Grant Scheme since the scheme began in 2009, and follows new clothing boutiques, bridal shops, homeware and gift stores plus a chocolateur helping to differentiate the town’s offer.

Bernadette Rushton, Retail Investment Manager from Rotherham Council commented; “It is great to see Tom starting his business this weekend. This type of independent business is just the sort that we are looking to support with the Business Vitality Grant Scheme, and we’re happy that the skate shop will add to the range of specialist shops that we have in the town centre, giving shopper even more incentive to shop local!’’.