Details of B&S London move revealed
Barker & Stonehouse is to open its first London store, a 25,000sqft unit in Battersea, in July.
The £1m store, the chain's ninth, will occupy two floors in one of the most historic buildings south of the Thames – the old Price's Candle factory. The store will be run by Imran Tai, currently Nottingham store manager, and employ 28 staff.
'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,' says James Barker, Barker and Stonehouse md.
'We're delighted to have found such a great building for the store. Apart from the beautiful architecture it has great natural light and its own car parking.'
During the renovation it was discovered the steel in the building was made by Middlesbrough company Dorman Long.
'There was also a twist of fate as we discovered a North East connection while renovating the building. It was a nice surprise and we'll be retaining as many features of the original iron framework as possible,' adds Barker.
Established in 1830, Price's transformed the candle industry by bringing inexpensive light to the working classes of Victorian Britain. A selection of Price's candles will also remain on display and be available for purchase in the new Barker and Stonehouse store under the 'Farris' name, in recognition of the building's history.