ogilviesHERITAGE retailer Gillies has acquired the co-owned Ogilvies of Inverness and Westend Furniture of Dingwall business in a move that expands its reach into the north of Scotland.

The acquisition expands on Gillies' its existing stores along the east coast at Aberdeen, Broughty Ferry, Perth and Montrose.

The fifth-generation Gillies business takes over the running of the business today (1st December) with all twelve staff transferring as part of the transaction.

Terms were not immediately disclosed.

“The company’s network and reach in the Highlands was very attractive to us and we look forward to introducing our exciting range of home furnishings to a new market in the north of Scotland,” said Ian Philp, managing director of Gillies.

“I would like to thank the MacAllister family and staff of Ogilvies, for their support during the process. Business will continue as usual at the Ogilvies store and we are delighted to welcome their staff and customers.”

The fourth-generation Ogilvies business, founded in 1954, was operated through the MacAllister Furnishings company.

Director Michael MacAllister said: “We would like to thank our loyal and valued customers, as well as staff, for their support over the last 62 years.

“I’m pleased to have been able to hand the store over to a responsible company that will continue to grow on the current business and wish them every success in the future.”

In a statement, Gillies said that as part of the acquisition it will add new product lines and introduce fresh and modern stock across both Inverness and Dingwall.

Gillies added that a comprehensive stock system will also be rolled out as part of a business modernisation programme to help link the Highland stores to the rest of its business, and allow the sharing of information and value-for-money stock offers. The Inverness store will also undergo a refurbishment programme in 2017.

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