BARKER AND STONEHOUSE TO OPEN STYLISH £1.5M HOVE STORE
Following the successful launch of its Battersea store in 2013, furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse is continuing to expand in the South East by opening a £1.5m store in Hove.
The new store will create 25 jobs, and a further 25 will be created at a state-of-the-art warehouse in Crawley being built to support it.
When the super-stylish store opens on 1st April, it will also introduce customers to a number of UK design premieres.
To create the impressive two-floor store, Barker and Stonehouse has breathed new life into an existing building in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, using local tradespeople and suppliers.
Creating 35,000 sq ft of retail space, the store will introduce visitors to a dazzling array of beautifully designed and made furniture and accessories, all with Barker and Stonehouse’s signature flair.
The Hove store will showcase the family-run firm’s carefully-curated selection of designer furniture ranges, including renowned brands such as the adventurous reclaimer Timothy Oulton and the contemporary Cattelan Italia.
In a UK first, the store will also see the introduction of Riva 1920, an Italian manufacturer of iconic solid-wood furniture pieces.
Leading British brands such as Ercol will also be revealing their brand-new designs for the first time, while luxury mattress-makers Somnus will be using virtual reality headsets to help customers get their full brand experience.
Barker and Stonehouse is committed to supporting the local economy, and has employed local tradesman for the store build, including bricklayers and joiners as well as local contractors for roofing, plastering, plumbing and footpath works.
The company has sourced materials from local merchants and also worked with a local steel company.
Representing an investment of around £1.5m, the new store – the tenth for Barker and Stonehouse – is being supported by an opening of the new 54,000 sq ft warehouse in Crawley.
Staff there will be using the latest computerised warehousing technologies to make sure the Hove store has real time stock management.
Barker and Stonehouse – www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk – 0333 355 9392
Credit: Timothy Oulton www.timothyoulton.com