Posted on March 22, 2013.
Here at The Pen Shop we have opened the doors to our new northern flagship store at Leeds’ spectacular new shopping centre, Trinity Leeds.
We celebrated the launch of our 25th UK store in style with a visit from special guest, bestselling Yorkshire author, Neil Hanson, who signed copies of his books during the event.
Ilkley based Neil Hanson, is the acclaimed author of over 40 novels including a bestselling historic series of books, The Custom of the Sea; The Dreadful Judgement; The Confident Hope of a Miracle; The Unknown Soldier; First Blitz; Priestley's Wars; and Monk Eastman: The Gangster Who Became A War Hero.
He said: “I was delighted to be a part of the opening of the new Pen Shop store at Trinity Leeds today. The handwritten word is extremely important to me as an author – when I start out on any of my books, I’ll always work from hard copies and pen my words by hand. I’ve been fascinated to discover how dedicated The Pen Shop is to helping people find their perfect pen and it has been wonderful to celebrate with the team here today.”
A special fairy tale character even stopped by to add a touch of magic to the day, in celebration of the launch of brand new luxury Cross Limited Edition Disney Cinderella Pen, one of only 3000 produced in the world.
Colin McClymont, Managing Director at The Pen Shop, said: “The opening of our flagship Trinity Leeds store marks an important milestone for The Pen Shop and this is an extremely exciting day for us.
“The needs of shoppers have changed significantly in recent years and it was vital for The Pen Shop’s development plans to be in the right location at the right time. To be part of Trinity Leeds, the UK’s major new shopping centre, is a fantastic step forward for us.
“We stock pens from some of the world’s most luxurious brands and in launching iconic and fashionable new ranges such as the Cross Limited Edition Cinderella Pen, here at our new store today, we are hoping to appeal to a wide range of people who are looking for the ultimate accessory.”
During the opening event, Doncaster based British Graphology Society member, Jean Elliott, offered her expertise to help uncover the hidden meaning of customers’ handwriting.
Meanwhile, displayed at the store on opening day was also a magnificent range of premium pens, including Montblanc, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell, Kingsley, Cross, Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman, together with an extensive range of gifts and leather accessories. The first 300 customers through the door were lucky enough to receive their own special goody bags.