There is a new look for The Demon Barber of Lincoln, who relocated sooner than expected when The Mall shopping centre was earmarked for redevelopment.
Phil Walters has made a slick expansion move after the centre on upper High Street was sold at auction late last year.
Now he is attracting more passing trade, is open longer hours and is taking on a new apprentice at his new property at 333 High Street.
Phil was planning on moving in about a year, but due to the unforeseen events, his plans were brought forward.
Banks Long & Co Surveyor, Harriet Hatcher helped The Demon Barber to find the new premises – a former gift unit at Whitefriars Business Park next to Tentercroft Street Car Park.
As part of the negotiation process the former gift shop, which used to be based in two units, has been amalgamated into one next door and Phil has ended-up being the proud tenant of a barber’s shop four times the size of the one he had previously.
With the traditional red-and-white barbers’ pole outside the door, the shop is not only serving Phil’s regular customers, but attracting good passing trade because the car park is linked to the High Street by a passageway. In fact, Phil has the ambition to name it “The Demon’s Passage.”
Phil said: “I have only just re-opened, but I’ve been getting some good comments from customers.
“From May, I am looking to open late on Thursdays (until 8pm). I’ve also created a working station for an apprentice and I’m looking to take on someone who is really passionate about barbering and keen to make it their career.”
Adrian Trevelyan, who lives just outside of Lincoln, has been a customer of Phil’s for the past 18 months. He said: “Visiting Phil’s shop is a truly exceptional experience of joyous wonder. The décor is amazing and he is a barber of supreme quality who puts you at your absolute ease. It’s how life should be.”
Banks Long & Co Surveyor Harriet Hatcher said: “We were very pleased to be able to find Phil alternative premises within the City centre. The shop looks fantastic and I am sure he will be very successful in his new location. We wish him the best of luck.”