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The man with a nice smile who’s selling cheap ladies underwear

Plymouth Market is the go to for fruit, veg and meat – but now it’s the place to land yourself a posh new set of bra and pants.

Cotton Bottom is a brand new stall selling high-end women‘s underwear – and it’s sure to go down a storm with the ladies.

There’s all sorts on offer – in all shapes and sizes to accommodate females large and small and all those in between.

It’s all quality stuff and set at prices that shouldn’t put a huge strain on your budget.

Plus there’s a few lacy numbers on the shelves for blokes who want to treat their loved ones to something they’ll feel totally ace in.

Cotton Bottom founder Johnny Mains is on a one-man mission to transform the way women look.

He hopes to win over the ladies with his winning smile – and decent mix of knickers to suit whatever the occasion.

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Confident Johnny admits he’s had a bit of stick since setting up shop last Monday – but that’s not fazed him in the slightest.

The ex-council worker and avid writer said: “I have had a lot of men joke at me, “Oi, you won’t get me in any of them.

“But apart from that, it’s been really good.

Johnny Mains is the brainchild of Cotton Bottom – your new hang out in Plymouth Market
(Image: Penny Cross)

“A lot of people have been happy that there’s an underwear store in the market again.”

Johnny’s stock are ex-high street brands that either never made it to the shelves or never got sold.

They’re all brand spanking new and have never been worn – only they’re just without the labels.

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The adventure started when Johnny, 42, used to visit markets up north with his wife Clare, 45.

“I’m an ex-housing officer and I used to work for Citizens Advice – I left there and was freelancing as a journalist and historian,” he explained.

“But I decided I wanted to go out and meet the public again, because I love the public and I love a good gossip. I was looking at something to do and put money into.

Johnny’s bras come in all sizes and styles
(Image: Penny Cross)

Just check out those pants – why not snap up a pair the next time you’re in the market?
(Image: Penny Cross)

“Then my wife reminded me of the times we used to go up to Birmingham to Wellesbourne Market on an airplane strip.

“One of the stalls that always seemed to do the best was the one selling ex-label underwear merchandise; some were foreign brands and others were de-labelled.”

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Johnny’s hired a wholesaler from Birmingham to bring down his first patch of bras and pants – ready for when Cotton Bottom went live on Monday.

“Men seem to have a bigger problem with a man selling underwear than women do,” he laughed.

Johnny Mains hopes his business will go from strength to strength
(Image: Penny Cross)

“If anyone comes by, I always smile and I say hello and talk to them – it’s up to them whether they want to browse and choose to buy something.

“I used to work in customer services and I know how a smile and just that interaction with someone can make all the difference.

“I dress in a shirt, I don’t just rock up in a T-shirt – I want everyone to have a really nice experience.”

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All bras cost £10 and pants start from £3.

Cotton Bottom can be found opposite Martin’s Butcher – simply walk in via the Frankfort Gate entrance turn right and head straight to the end.

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