Throughout July, the nation joins in celebrating independent shops for National Independent Retailer Month, and Queensgate Shopping Centre’s Westgate Arcade is leading the way.

Dressed in bunting, Westgate Arcade, which has become renowned for being the place of independently owned and run businesses, will celebrate the month of July with a host of activities and offers. Many of the 20 retailers are offering exclusive discounts throughout the month and, over each weekend, free samples and goodies will be handed out for all!

Back to Life, the newly opened vintage clothing shop will join the party along with the more established residents such as Style and P-Kai who have been in the Arcade for nearly 20 years between them. Shaf Saeed, owner Back to Life describes what he brings to Westgate Arcade and what makes his independent business special.

He said: “My shop has very much the Camden or Brick Lane feel to it. All my influences and ideas for the shop have come from the great shops in London where I’ve taken a little bit from each to make my own here in Peterborough.”

It’s Westgate Arcade’s uniqueness that gives it its charm. Art in the Heart’s owner, Dawn Birch-James said: “The word ‘unique’ is often used to describe things which simply aren’t. We exhibit and sell the work of over 60 artists and makers from the area from fine artists to jewellery makers.”

The Arcade features everything shoppers could need from Jewellery and Accessories in Style; hair cut and style in P-Kai; men’s clothing in Maysons and Clues; meat and pastries in Grasmere and even breaks away in Impression Holidays.

Owner of The Oculist, Gerry Sondh explains what brought him to Westgate Arcade and why it’s so special: “The urban mix of businesses and the independent feel brought me to WA. I have a vision of WA being a niche independent hub for Peterborough. The soul of a city that is fast being engulfed by national brands. I love the multi nationals but the soul of WA should be the key attraction for the city. This should be the place in Peterborough where an eccentric mix of personalities give you a memorable experience through their businesses.”

Mark Broadhead, Centre Director at Queensgate Shopping Centre said: “Westgate Arcade is such an important part of Queensgate and Peterborough. We have a wonderful mix of retailers and services that you can’t find anywhere else in the region and I would encourage anyone in the centre of the city to take stroll through there this July and see the goods it has to offer.”

To recognise the importance of independent businesses during Independent Retailer month, a selection of Westgate Arcade's retailers give their view on what it take to be a successin todays retail's world...

The Oculist


Back to Life

Grasmere Farm

Monday 9am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 9am – 5.30pm
Wednesday 9am – 5.30pm
Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 10:30am – 4:30pm
Bank Holidays 10am – 5:30pm

Seasonal opening and individual store hours may vary.

Don’t forget that parking is FREE on Thursdays and Fridays from 5.30pm in our Blue, Green and Red car parks.