Another vape shop is set to open in the city centre – after the old Greenwoods unit was snapped up.
A sign in the window of the Hanley shop reveals E-Cig International is ‘coming soon’. Any immediate plans have been put on hold due to the second national lockdown which is due to finish on December 2.
It comes almost two years after Greenwoods closed its Stafford Street store following the retailer’s collapse into administration.
Now shoppers are concerned that vape shops are taking over Hanley.
Kev Warrilow, aged 42, of Bentilee, said: “Quite a few of these shops are opening – they seem to be all over the place.
“There are five places on Stafford Street where you can get them. There’s too many.”
The former Greenwoods unit forms part of the Moxon Island building which is now under new ownership. It is one of two empty units.
Big names and local independent operators currently operating within Moxon Island include The Works, Specsavers, Forbidden Planet, Schuropody, Central Store Newsagents, Rowfers and the PDSA charity shop.