THE Sandersons Boutique department store team are busily preparing ahead of the grand opening in the Five Valleys Shopping Centre next week.

The new store has created over 20 jobs for the area and the new team is headed up by store manager Joanne Ireland, who brings over 25 years of expertise in fashion retail to her post.

The Sandersons' sales assistants previously gained retail experience in department store settings, including at Debenhams and John Lewis, and there will be qualified beauty therapists at the store’s Voya and Clarins counters.

The store will officially open at 10am on Wednesday, April 14, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There will be a golden ticket giveaway where one lucky shopper will win a £500 voucher to spend in store. Shoppers will also get the chance to win a £500 spend at Holland Cooper and a giveaway from Coravin wine preservers.

Store manager Joanne Ireland said: “We have appointed such a fabulous team of local people who have all received expert training to ensure each customer who shops with us feels really special and receives VIP treatment every time they visit.

“The new store is absolutely stunning, and each department is filled with unique brands, products and services - there really is no other shopping experience like it in our region.”

The new store will bring a host of luxury brands to Stroud including Barbour, Holland Cooper, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, Gran Sasso and Jacob Cohen Jeans.

Sandersons was named Best New Retailer in the 2019 Drapers Independent Awards, the store was praised for championing unique and unusual brands as well as its attractive layout and approach to customer service.