Landmark year for ladies in the Arcade

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An independently-owned ladies’ footwear and clothing shop in The Arcade, Bedford, will be celebrating 25 years in business next week.

The proprietors will be offering a glass of bubbly to customers who visit the store on Friday, April 25, Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April April.

Walberry’s, which specialises in ladies’ shoes, boots, sandals, handbags and accessories, is jointly run by Carol Jenkins and Sarah George Lee, who are also launching their first online serivce from next week.

Carol said: “We’ve been able to ride the hard times because we offer honest, friendly and knowledgable customer service, and offer good quality products, some of which are exclusive to us. We have long-standing customers who enjoy coming back and shopping in our store.”

Business partner Sarah said: ”The perseverance we have shown is important too - and we would like to thank all our customers both old and new for their continued support by offering them a glass of bubbly - it should be fun!”

As a businesswoman Carol also has a message to the Mayor of Bedford. She said: “It is getting harder to operate in the town centre because customers are staying away because of the parking charges and lack of signage. It needs to be looked at.”

Walberry’s is at 10 The Arcade, Bedford. Call 01234 269916 or visit