A Harrogate businessman is filling the void left by the collapse of one of Yorkshire’s best-known kitchenware shops.
Simon Rhodes, who has spent more than 20 years designing and making kitchens for clients all over the country, is now switching tack and moving into the realm of selling designer utensils!
Mr Rhodes has begun a new venture – Bargain Cookware – after purchasing the entire stock from Peter Maturi & Sons – the legendary cookware retailer with shops in Leeds, Harrogate and Manchester – that went into administration earlier this year.
In addition to opening a small retail unit within Wren’s House of Independent Retailers, in Ripon, Mr Rhodes is launching a series of “pop-up-shops” where goods will be sold at “bargain” prices.
The first of these four-day events starts this Thursday morning (September 25) in Harrogate’s Cairn Hotel.
Mr Rhodes said: “For more than a century Peter Maturi was a byword for quality kitchenware products and its closure stunned many people.
“It only sold top of the range items, but sadly it became another victim of the high street recession.
It was a case of too many overheads and too much stock competing against the internet and changing shopping trends.
“We were fortunate enough to acquire the stock from the administrators, and have come up with a business model which doesn’t include the crippling overheads that have been the downfall of many.
“As you would expect from Maturi’s, the stock is exceptional and includes products by Global, Gaggia, KitchenAid, Wusthof, Krups, LSA and Alessi.
“We chose the Cairn for our first pop-up venture because it’s in Harrogate and has plenty of parking.
And the even better news is the goods are being sold at ‘bargain’ process, hence the name of our business.”
Bargain Cookware within The Cairn Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate, open for business from 9.30am until 6.30pm, Thursday, September 25 through to Sunday, September 28.