With the Mannings’ Beach Street container complex now open for business, ITV joined tourists and residents in enjoying all the pop-up retail and dining the village had to offer.
Mannings’ Beach Street in Felixstowe was the subject of a special ITV news report on 5 June, as locals and day trippers made their way to the new boxpark on the Suffolk coast.
Featuring 14 independent retailers, galleries, and food stands – with more set to open in the coming months – the recently-opened complex is already receiving rave reviews.
“The concept of having lots of independent businesses using the shipping containers was just such a great idea to bring to Felixstowe,” coowner Charlie Manning told TV reporters. “With the port so nearby, it just seemed to gel together really well.”
Beach Street, which was originally set to open last summer before Coronavirus delayed proceedings, took delivery of its first containers in July.
Since that date, a number of independent retailers from across the region have been kitting out the former shipping units in preparation for opening, after the containers were made safe by local conversion firm BE Group.
“We take empty containers that have been all over the world and we will turn it into whatever the customer wants,” BE Group engineer Luke Graham explained. “It could be a one off building for a garden right up to a multicontainer structure to be used as a large office space.”
Though some of Beach Street’s businesses are yet to open – including a yoga studio and craft beer taproom – the complex is already proving popular with locals, as well as providing a relatively affordable location for start ups and first-time retailers.
“To be able to support the local trade – there’s so many people around with creative start up businesses – it’s fantastic.”
“We have plans for more first floor containers to make more use of the views and add another at least six or seven units up there.”