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Teen opens skateboard and streetwear stall at Norwich Market

PUBLISHED: 17:27 09 October 2019 | UPDATED: 17:27 09 October 2019

Jack Cooper, 19, launched the skateboard store Supply on Norwich market after succesfully launching online. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Jack Cooper, 19, launched the skateboard store Supply on Norwich market after succesfully launching online. Picture: Neil Didsbury

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An ambitious teen has ramped up his online business selling skate supplies and menswear and opened a stall at Norwich Market.

Jack Cooper, 19, has opened his skateboard store Supply on Norwich market after succesfully launching online. Picture: Neil DidsburyJack Cooper, 19, has opened his skateboard store Supply on Norwich market after succesfully launching online. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Jack Cooper, 19, from Hethersett, has opened Supply Norwich at stall 136 and the market is like a family for him more than most as his mum Kim works at The Cuppie Hut just a few rows along.

Mr Cooper, a former pupil at Hethersett High School, began his business on selling site Depop and has now taken his business to the next level.

The stall sells pre-owned skateboards and streetwear, with brands such as Vans and Fred Perry, at affordable prices and customers can also trade-in their old items to earn credit.

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Mr Cooper, said: "The second-hand skateboards are good for beginners who don't want to spend lots of money on a brand new one and if they come in I can set it up for them.

The owner of skate store Supply on Norwich market, 19 year-old Jack Cooper. Picture: Neil DidsburyThe owner of skate store Supply on Norwich market, 19 year-old Jack Cooper. Picture: Neil Didsbury

"I have been skateboarding since I was young and I know a lot about it and fashion has always been my thing - you have to wear clothes so I don't see why you can't look cool doing it."

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The young entrepreneur was inspired by his parents to launch the business, as they are both their own bosses with his mum at the market and his dad Mark is a carpenter and helped build the stall.

In the future, Mr Cooper is planning to customise skateboards and team up with creatives in the city to create clothing and artwork.

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Mr Cooper added: "It amazing having my mum nearby and she sometimes brings me cake and tea and I always go by and see her, especially as she knows what she is doing here.

Another happy customer. nineteen year old Jack Cooper has launched Supply, a skateboard store on Norwich market, after succesfully launching his business online. Picture: Neil DidsburyAnother happy customer. nineteen year old Jack Cooper has launched Supply, a skateboard store on Norwich market, after succesfully launching his business online. Picture: Neil Didsbury

"The reaction so far has been amazing and Norwich Market is like a big family."

Speaking about starting a business so young, he added: "A lot of youngsters need to be more like this as we are the future and coming in early it means I can keep up with the trends and fashions."

Supply is located in Row F and open from 11.30am to 5.30pm Tuesday to Saturday.

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