Simon Danczuk believes Rochdale town centre is really going places as he welcomed a much-loved local business to its new home.
The MP cut the ribbon to declare the new Yorkshire Street premises of Rochdale Mobility officially open for business.
The shop is already a Rochdale institution after spending time in the Exchange Shopping Centre and owner Dale Nugent hopes the move to a new home will help him build on this success.
As the only shop of its kind in the town, Rochdale Mobility provides everything from wheelchairs to rise and recline chairs to help people with mobility problems.
Mr Nugent said: “We’re one of the main suppliers of scooters and specialist mobility equipment in the North West.
“I started in Ashton a few years ago but I wanted to open a shop here because it’s my home town and I saw that there was a bigger need for a shop like this in Rochdale.
“Since then we’ve helped hundreds of customers and people come to rely on the service to help them get out and about. Otherwise they would be stuck inside, we help give them their independence.”
Mr Danczuk said: “I’m delighted that Rochdale Mobility has moved to its new premises on Rochdale’s main high street.
“For me, shops like this represent all the best things about small independent businesses.
“Dale is passionate about what he does and he works hard to build lasting relationships with his customers, who he treats more like friends.
“As Rochdale town centre continues to improve I hope to see more shops like this, catering to local needs and supporting our community.”