A POPULAR stationery shop in Nailsworth has reopened, with a new owner and a bright new colour scheme.

Retail expert Mary Portas cut the ribbon at the official relaunch of Pulp, now painted an eye-catching ‘eraser pink’, on Saturday.

The store has been taken over by Charlotte Miles, who said she was delighted with the response from everyone at the event.

“It went really well,” she said.

“I’d like to say a huge thanks to everyone who joined us throughout our opening day, and to the amazing Mary Portas for doing the official ribbon cutting.

“We had a great day and it’s fantastic to be here.”

Charlotte and Mary Portas are good friends, and so the 'Queen of Shops' offered to officially open the shop for her.

Pulp’s previous owners, Lucy King and Nicola Padmore, had announced the closure of the business on social media in April.

"We have come to the difficult decision to close Pulp after 16 years," their Facebook post said.

"We have loved the experience of running our little shop here in Nailsworth and will miss many things about it.

"However, we feel it's now time for a change and to do something different."

Pulp had been trading successfully for 16 years.

Charlotte read the post on social media and decided to take on the store herself.

"I thought it would be a real loss to Nailsworth," said Charlotte, an interior designer and project manager.

"And I fancied a new challenge.

"I looked at the books and could see that it was a viable business."

Charlotte will be running the shop, which is situated near Hobbs House Bakery, throughout the week and her daughter Ella, 16, will be working there alongside her on Saturdays.

"We will continue to offer services, such as printing, binding and laminating, as well as all the usual stationery items, printer cartridges, cards, wrap, paper, card and office supplies, alongside a small art supplies section," she said.

"We're hoping to gradually grow the arts supplies element of the business."

Photos by Simon Pizzey.