Skipton’s High Corn Mill furnishing store, The Home Company, has enjoyed its best ever trading period since reopening after the second national lockdown, with sales of sofas outstripping all previous records.
Staff at the independent home furnishings company on Chapel Hill say since reopening on April 12, business has seen soaraway sofa sales with lighting and rugs also doing well.
Store manager Michelle Swinscoe said: “I think the combination of people spending so much time at home over the past year and noticing how worn their chairs and upholstery had become, along with the boom in house sales, has prompted many people to go out and buy new furniture.
“For us it’s been sofas, sofas, sofas – despite the fact there have been a couple of price rises and also delays on deliveries of up to 12 weeks. Nothing seems to have deterred people – and we’ve been delighted with the number of regular customers who have come back to support us. The result has been our best ever sales period with sofas alone notching up six figure sums.”
Owner Andrew Mear invested some £50,000 refurbishing the store’s upstairs showroom during this year’s lockdown along with relaunching the store website to enable online sales.
He said: “It’s been an interesting time and we’ve seen clear evidence of a pent up demand in consumer spending since reopening in April. Sales of sofas have been phenomenal with demand currently outstripping supply.”
The Home Company stocks a wide range of upholstery including Stressless, The Dales Collection, Verikon, and Paulus & Brown.