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Coronation Street Stars Past and Present Launch New Wayne Walker Store In Chester
Steven, who played Coronation Street butcher Ashley Peacock, before the character’s death in the Weatherfield tram cash storyline in 2010, and Andrew, who is still in the programme playing the part of Kirk Sutherland, a former trainee butcher in the series, were chosen for the event because of their links with the butchery trade.
“It seemed appropriate to invite two popular TV characters who have strong links with the trade that we have been in for years,” said Wayne Walker’s Operations Manager Danny Smith. “Both characters are high profile and we were confident their presence would attract the interest of the public.
Wayne Walker, the founder of the multi-million turnover business which is headquartered at Burslem, near Stoke-on-Trent, chatted to the actors and members of the public before and after the opening ceremony.
He said: “I know both Steven and Andrew and I was delighted when they agreed to play a key part in the opening of our new Chester store.”
“The new branch at the Forum is an important part of our on-going expansion,” explained Operations Manager Mr Smith. “The company began 21 years ago as a chilled pre-packed meat sales business initially serving 17 different local markets across the country. Today we are a rapidly growing 80-plus employee business.
“Obviously we have a very successful store in Burslem where our head office is based. However, thanks to our expansion programme, we also have an equally successful store in Bolton and we are convinced Chester will be just as popular.
“Furthermore, we are currently finalising plans for the opening of new stores in Birkenhead, Newcastle under-Lyme and Shrewsbury.”
Forum Shopping Centre Manager Mr Lawrence Allen said: “Wayne Walker’s star studied launch was a huge success with members of the public who turned out in force to see them. And, as always, the Forum is delighted to be able to welcome a new store to our fold.”
For further information click onto: www.forumshopping.co.uk
Carl Nagaitis, Bryher Business Partnership Ltd