Hot on the heels of the success of its £4m new Knaresborough store, one of Yorkshire’s most prestigious furniture retailers, Barker and Stonehouse is expanding once again, with a London store set to open in July.
The Knaresborough store became the company’s flagship store when it opened on Boxing Day 2012, and now the company is planning to take the same sense of style, quality and sustainability which has made it such a success down south.
Barker and Stonehouse has invested £1million in a new showroom in Battersea, which will create 28 new jobs and be the ninth store the company has added to its portfolio since it first started trading in Stockton-on-Tees in 1946.
And it’s not just the Barker and Stonehouse name which will be representing the north east in London – the Yorkshire-born project manager who masterminded the Knaresborough store, Dennis McLuckie, is back on board to ensure that the company’s London store matches up to Knaresborough.
The 25,000 sq ft Battersea showroom will be based over two floors in one of the most historic buildings south of the Thames – the old Price’s Candle factory.
Barker and Stonehouse managing director, James Barker, said:
“We’re really excited about this new store, we feel the time is right to expand to the South and we’re confident that we’ve got a lot to offer the London audience. We’ve invested heavily in developing our own exclusive ranges so we know we’ve got something different to offer customers.”
“We’re also delighted to have found such a great building for the store. Apart from the beautiful architecture it has beautiful natural light and its own car parking. There was also a twist of fate as we discovered a North East connection while renovating the building.
“Our head office is in Middlesbrough and the steel in the building’s interior is from Middlesbrough-company Dorman Long. It was a nice surprise and we’ll be retaining as many features of the original iron framework as possible.”
The new Battersea store will sell furniture from the pioneering Trees4Trees sustainable forestry foundation which James Barker played a leading role in setting up.
The store will also feature low energy heating and an eco-lighting system specially designed by the company.