THERE are high hopes a new Bersted carpet shop will help boost regeneration.
MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Nick Gibb officially declared Coastal Carpets open for business.
Mr Gibb said: “It is great to be here to be officially opening Coastal Carpets.
“We need new stores like this one in the area, it will be great for the regeneration of Bognor and Bersted.
“It is fantastic to see another local business opening up and I wish it every success.”
The new showroom on Chichester Road has been a labour of love, not only for owners Michelle Barnes and Tony Day, but also Michelle’s family who have worked tirelessly to get the store open.
Michelle said: “It feels brilliant to have the store officially declared open.
“It has been a lot of work, but we have loved every minute of it. We are all so proud and looking forward to welcoming our new customers.”
The pair, who have been friends for more than 30 years, spent 16 months searching for the perfect premises.
The duo came across the shop by chance when Tony visited the barbers next door for a quick trim.
They quickly rented the space and undertook the three-week refurbishment – with help from their friends and family.
For more details visit www.coastalcarpets-online.co.uk or call 01243 696740.