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Mixed fortunes for wholesalers

FurnLinkFurniture Origins is to give up its UK wholesaling operations while Furniture Link plans to double the size of its operations. Cabinet importer Furniture Origins UK is to close its wholesale side of the business to concentrate on its containers business. Wholesale operations will be carried out by Classic Furniture from 1 September.

'All orders which would have previously been placed with FOUK, will now be processed, fulfilled, and delivered by Classic Furniture. Furniture-Origins has worked successfully with Classic Furniture as a distribution partner for many years. Furniture Origins' direct container operation remains unchanged. In these demanding times, we are excited to leverage Classic Furniture's infrastructure, while continuing to support our direct container business, ensuring the best in service to all of our customers,' says Barry Webb, Furniture Origins UK sales director.

Steve Egan, Furniture Origins UK md is to leave the company as a result of the move. 'Whereas one side of the business is flourishing, the wholesale side is suffering. There are some casualties including myself.'

Meanwhile Furniture Link has secured planning permission for a purpose built 80,000sqft distribution depot and showroom in Telford, Shropshire.

'We are extremely pleased that our plans have come together and are looking forward to the move to Telford. The new large warehousing facility will be a massive commitment for us but our current premises do not allow for expansion,' says James McConnell, Furniture Link md. 'The addition of a showroom will allow us the opportunity to showcase what we do to retailers any time of the year.'

The new centre is due to be operational from February 2014 with work starting on the site in the next couple of weeks.

McConnell says Telford was chosen as the new location for three major reasons reasons: current staff are able to travel to the new centre, it has excellent road links to the major motorway network and it is centrally located making delivery plans easier.

The company is likely to organise a series of At Home events to launch products one it opens the centre.