Joseph James takes over former department store for second outlet

Furniture outlet operator Joseph James has opened its second branch, taking over a former department store.

The company has opened in the former Debenhams store in Stockport. 

Founders Joseph Shenton and James Pullen began the company in 2019 after leaving school at 18. What was meant to be a temporary gap-year project now employs 25 staff thanks to the second outlet.

The duo first opened in a former mill in Stockport before eventually settling on a 20,000sqft unit in Stretford.

‘After building a strong customer base, we thought the time was right to open a second outlet and the 90,000sqft on offer at the former Debenhams building was an opportunity that was too good to miss. The retail frontage of the building is very strong given its location on the busy A6 and we also expect to see a strong level of footfall from Merseyway Shopping Centre,’ they say.

‘Stockport Council is working hard to attract people to the town centre and the new Interchange, along with the success of Redrock and the Underbanks, has contributed to our commitment to the town. We will offer our customers a great experience, with new stock constantly on display, to keep them coming back instead of browsing online. We believe we are now the largest furniture outlet in the UK in terms of floorspace and we are looking forward to being back in Stockport where it all began.’

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