Smiggle, the market-leading creators of colourful, fun, affordable, fashion-forward stationery and office supplies will open a new store in The Thistles on September 23.

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Commenting about this latest new store opening, Phil Byrne, centre director, said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Smiggle to The Thistles.

The brand has a unique positioning in the marketplace with fantastic, fun and affordable products which are sure to prove popular with our customers.

Sixteen jobs will be created with the the opening of two new stationery stores in Greater Manchester.

Australian retailer, Smiggle, is to launch stores in Bury and Bolton.

Whether it’s gadgets and gizmos to make school days extra cool or if you’re looking for a lunchbox to store your tasty snacks, Smiggle has it covered.

Smiggle’s back to school products are focused on bold colour, quirky graphics, good value and innovation– giving fans the must-have essentials to begin any school year.Managing Director of Smiggle, John Cheston said: “We at Smiggle believe that stationery should be fun, quirky, innovative and engaging.Through all of our stores we hope to inspire children to immerse themselves in creativity by providing them with all the right tools.” Why not also head down to your local Smiggle store in St David’s Dewi Sant Shopping Centre, Cardiff to see the treasure trove of quirky and exciting products in store! The South Wales Argus has teamed up with Smiggle to offer a prize bundle to six different readers.Both will open on June 10 with eight posts at each.Since arriving in the UK in February 2014, the company has expanded rapidly and now has 60 stores.The bold and bright new shops will be on Market Place, Bolton and The Rock, Bury.