New Store: St Pancras International

We are delighted to announce we are opening our 20th shop in St Pancras International railway station on Monday 9th May.

Set within one of the most famous Victorian buildings in London, the flagship shop is intended to provide a convenient way for shoppers and commuters to browse products and collect orders reserved online.

The shop, which is open from 7.30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays, will stock a full range of luxury brands including Montblanc, Chopard, Caran d’Ache and Graf von Faber-Castell and premium brands Parker, Waterman, Cross, Lamy and our own brand, Kingsley.

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Situated alongside Fortnum & Mason and Jo Malone, customers can reserve products online and pick them up on their way home from work the same day. We also hope to appeal to tourists and holiday-makers using the Eurostar.

The shop opens almost a year to the day The Pen Shop underwent a management buyout after our three directors purchased the group and its retail outlets in May 2015 from the Allan family for an undisclosed amount.

The MBO, which transferred ownership from the Allan family shareholders to the newly-formed Fountain Group, moved the business to a new stage in the development of its successful omni-channel shop operation and wholesale business.

The Pen Shop managing director, Colin McClymont, says: “It has been an exciting year for The Pen Shop and the opening of the new St Pancras shop firmly marks the beginning of the next stage in The Pen Shop’s history.

“Our customers show us that they want different ways to shop that are most convenient for them and this has turned bustling transport terminals into real retail destinations. The Pen Shop St Pancras is our latest shop that will combine a convenient shopping location with our online reserve and collect service to meet our customers’ evolving needs and serve the station’s travellers.”

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The shop’s opening coincides with the launch of Marvel’s latest film Captain America: Civil War and Cross’ new range of Marvel Cross Century and Cross Tech pens. To celebrate, Marvel’s famous superheroes Captain America and Iron Man will be available for photographs all around St Pancras on Monday 9th May.

New Trafford Store Opening

We are thrilled to announce the grand opening of our new Trafford Centre Store on Wednesday 3rd June at 12 noon. This date is special for The Pen Shop as it is exactly 69 years to the day and hour that we opened the original Pen Shop in Newcastle upon Tyne. Previously our Trafford Centre store was located next to Debenhams however we have now moved to a bigger store next to John Lewis at the other end of the centre.

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Our new store will reflect our continued passion for the handwritten word by showcasing luxury and standard writing instruments. Our skilled Pen Shop staff are expertly trained and with a number of long service award staff members no customer will leave our Trafford Centre store disappointed. Whether it is organising a repair for a cherished 70 year old Parker Fountain Pen or helping parents choose their child’s first Fountain Pen our staff will be able to offer knowledgeable advice and guidance.

Speaking about the move, Managing Director of the Pen Shop Colin McClymont has stated: “When our lease was due to expire, we seized the opportunity to find a premium location within the Trafford Centre so that we could expand our gift range and it gives me great pleasure that we are opening our new shop exactly sixty-nine years to the day since we opened our first outlet in Newcastle.

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“This is a time to reflect upon the progress we have made as we continue to build our brand and grow the business. Despite the popularity of electronic devices such as iPads and tablets, a good quality writing instrument will never lose its appeal. As well as making the perfect gift, pens are now something of a fashion item. Similar to the way that some people collect watches we have customers who collect pens.”

Customers at our Trafford store will be able to sign up to our exclusive Platinum Loyalty Club where they will be eligible to receive exclusive offers and invitations solely for Platinum Club members throughout the year. They can also take advantage of our in-store tablet technology to view the complete range of pens and gifts available to The Pen Shop and order for home or store delivery.

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On display at our new Trafford store will be a magnificent range of luxury and 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 Pen Shop is Europe’s largest writing instrument specialist and one of only two pen shop chains in the world. The company started in 1858 when the first T & G Allan store was set up in Newcastle by local brothers Thomas and George Allan. The Pen Shop has 19 branches nationwide including standalone shops, concessions in department stores: Debenhams and House of Fraser.

For more information about The Pen Shop, visit www.penshop.co.uk or follow The Pen Shop on Facebook or Twitter.

New Northern Flagship Store

Here at The Pen Shop we are pleased to announce the opening of a new northern flagship store in Leeds in the newly built Trinity Centre.

Our grand opening is at 10am on Thursday 21st March. We’re expecting to celebrate in style and invite you all to come and join in the fun. Meet Cinderella, a local author and a qualified Graphologist to give analysis of your handwriting. You will also be in with a chance of receiving an exclusive Pen Shop goodie bag as well as special offers for our new Leeds store.

Trinity Leeds will be the most important city-centre development of recent times. The 1 million sq ft scheme will bring together the best of the UK high street, aspiring brands and international retailers.

Leeds is the UK’s largest financial centre outside of London and is the third largest city in the country. It is also considered one of the UK’s best shopping destinations being dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North.

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A design of the new Trinity Shopping centre in Leeds.

To make life easier, Trinity Leeds has been designed to be the most digitally advanced shopping destination in the UK with free wi-fi, assistants on hand with internet-connected iPads, and large video walls that offer fun and futuristic experiences via gesture recognition. Not only this, Trinity Leeds will have a mobile app that allows you to personalise your experience and a link with Google which allows you to search for items on sale in the centre.

Lighting in the sweeping glass dome roof of the three-storey shopping quarter can be programmed to create different shapes and auroras for visitors when late-night shopping.

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Some of our staff visiting our new store.

Lying in the heart of Leeds City Centre, Trinity Leeds is easily accessible by all modes of transport.

When finished, the development will be a 1,000,000 sq ft (92,900 sq m) centre and will have 120 shops and restaurants bordered by Briggate, Albion Street and Boar Lane.

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