Long-established Gloucester shoe shop, AG Meek, on the move.

ONE of the longest-established independent shoe shops in Gloucester is moving premises in the city.

A G Meek’s relocation from Westgate Street to Eastgate Street will place it opposite the new Primark which is soon to open.

Marketing Manager, Liz Meek explained the reasons behind it. She said, ‘We are very excited to be moving to a premises which we believe is more central. Primark has its draw but we are also aiming to attract customers of M&S. We feel it is the right place to be seen.’

Mrs Meek hopes to keep the loyal customers but also attract some new ones in Gloucester. ‘We have stayed in Gloucester as it’s a unique place. Even though the Gloucester Quays shops opened, they still weren’t offering what we offer. People love quality in Gloucester and when they find us, they find what they were looking for!’

A G Meek was founded in Cardiff in 1912 by owner David Meek’s grandfather Albert George Meek, with a second shop opening in the city in the early 1920s and a third in Newport a few years later. The Westgate Street, Gloucester shop was opened in 1965 in a Georgian fronted Tudor building. With the aid of heritage grants from Gloucester City Council, plans for the building include developing the upper floors into flats, while the ground floor will remain as retail space. The shoe repairers will remain in St John’s Lane.

The new store, in the old Accessorize shop on Eastgate, will open on Monday 18th October. Expect their usual top fashion brands such as Kickers, Skechers and Timberland. A G Meek also stocks Rieker, Tamaris, Marco Tozzi, Hotter and Van Dal.

It was AG’s two sons who made it famous in the 1950’s for selling ‘Meek’s Sets’ – the glamorous 1950’s essential of matching shoes, bag and gloves. As one of the 1st adverts on ITV their advert and jingle ‘The matching is unique at AG Meek’ is still sung back to them.

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