Bootle’s busy and bustling Strand Shopping Centre is looking forward to its big birthday with plenty of optimism. Marks and Spencer may have left last year, but it approaches its 50th anniversary next year in good health. Strand marketing manager Lucy Kirk said: “It attracts just over 118,000 shoppers a week and well-known companies, like Burger King and Warren James, have joined many other top names by opening here in the last few months.”
Colette Draper, from Bootle, having her hair coloured by junior stylist Alicia Barlow in Hairlucinations Hair Salon, the shopping centre’s oldest tenant…
Colette said: “I’ve been shopping at The Strand since I was little. It’s close, it’s central and has a good variety of shops. And I’ve been coming to get my hair done here at Hairlucinations for the last 10 years, if not longer. The staff are fantastic and friendly and I feel like a million dollars when I leave.”
It’s been a successful year for the salon, which has won multiple awards including the Liverpool Lifestyle Awards, the National Apprenticeship Awards and the Michael John Academy hairdressing competition.
Director of Hairlucinations, Barry Cochrane, said:
“We’re proud that we are the oldest tenant here in the Strand, it has been a great journey for us and we’re thankful to all our clients over the decades who have helped us become an established leading salon in Liverpool. We’re looking forward to a great future here!”
Hairlucinations won the award in recognition of the contribution to producing continuous outstanding support and training for all of the apprentices they employ. This in conjunction with Micheal John Training Academy Liverpool has been a winning formula for many years.