Development work to complete an online trading platform is continuing at pace says South East furniture retailer Hatfields, with the pandemic having reinforced the urgency of an ecommerce channel.

Independent retailer Hafren Furnishers will open a second store in Mid Wales after town planners approved proposals for the conversion of a former print works near Aberystwyth.

The new company behind the renascent department store retailer Beales is to reopen in a third site formerly occupied by its predecessor operation.

North Yorkshire retailer Barkers (Northallerton), operator of one of the largest furniture and home stores in the country, said the support for and from key stakeholders was important as it traded through the pandemic.

The sale of its self-storage business helped the parent company to former furniture retailer Alan Ward record seven-figure profits in 2019–20, ahead of the brand disappearing from the industry.

The company behind four-store independent retailer Fairway Furniture grew profits in 2020–21 and said the pandemic has left some regional competitors vulnerable.

WJ Aldiss, one of the U.K'.s largest privately-owned furniture retailers, said it remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the 10-week lockdown last March hitting the usually-strong spring promotional period.

Broxburn-based retailer Kitchens International has been acquired by James Donaldson & Sons (JDS), the £268 million turnover Scottish timber merchant.

CFS of Leicester, a large single-store independent furniture retailer, has expanded the showroom space at its East Midlands store.

Revenue fell at the semi-national value retailer W Boyes & Co in the year to January 31 as a result of the impact of store closures during the first lockdown. It later remained open as subsequent restrictions were imposed.

Not Just Beds, a new privately-owned furniture and beds retailer, is completing fit-out ahead of opening its first showroom.

A lower cost base helped Gardiner Haskins Interiors double underlying profits in 2020 despite the impact of the pandemic on the two-store business.

Walsall and Sutton Coldfield retailer Comfort Beds has acquired a third store, buying a South Derbyshire based furniture retailer.

The company behind the three-store beds and department store retailer Daniel of Windsor has resolved to buy out two shareholders in deals worth £6 million.

The pandemic meant Vale Furnishers, which trades from two stores in affluent Surrey towns, lost more than a fifth of its revenue in 2019–20. Cost controls helped it improve its net margin.

Furniture and flooring retailers across all parts of the U.K. will be back open from later today (Friday) as coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland are eased.

Privately-owned furniture retailer Hafren Furnishers plans to add to its large 70,000sqft existing store with a second unit in Mid Wales.

JH Cooper & Son, a longstanding independent furniture retailer at Cambridge in the East of England, has closed its doors for the final time, bringing over a century of trade to a close.

Privately-owned Kent furniture retailer Lukehurst has added 4,000sqft of space to one of its southeast stores with the addition of a mezzanine floor.

The md of privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry says the planned expansion of its destination store at Inverness will bring a number of benefits.

Emerging furniture retailer The Designer Rooms has opened a further Glasgow area showroom in a unit formerly occupied by Harveys, the no-longer-trading U.K. retail chain.

East Midlands furniture and furnishings retailer Toons is now delivering nationwide after the launch of a new transactional ecommerce website.

A flood of unforeseen claims will yield no change in outcome for the creditors of a now-long insolvent London furniture franchise as the company doesn't have enough assets to pay even the liquidator or professional advisors.

Privately-owned furniture, furnishings and giftware retailer Baytree Interiors will open an eleventh store when restrictions are eased, strengthening its presence in Yorkshire.

Devon department store retailer Austins of Newton Abbot returned to profit in the year leading up to the pandemic on higher sales and wider margins.

Sheffield furniture retailer Ponsford booked a sharp fall in revenue as a result of the pandemic but the privately-owned business still found earnings growth.

The three-store retailer behind the Daniel of Windsor department store and two dedicated beds and furnishings showrooms in West London slipped to a loss, on paper, in the period leading up to the pandemic.

South East furniture-to-fashion retailer Choice Discount Stores maintained sales in the year leading up to the pandemic and has time-lined when it hopes trade will kick start again.

The group behind the Elphicks of Farnham department store business and a separate bed shop in nearby Dorking says it is positive for the future following the closure and subsequent sale of its New Malden store.

Turnaround work led to the privately-owned retailer behind the Oldrids and Downtown fascias returning to profit in 2019–20, two years ahead of its forecasted timeline.

Revenue, adjusted profits and cash climbed for East of England furniture retailer Glasswells in the period leading up to the first lockdown last year. Statutory earnings were impacted by property revaluation.

Home and garden retailer Taskers says it is on track to deliver a return to profit in 2020–21 after exceptional trading during the pandemic, including a record Christmas.

Norwich department store, business services and property group Jarrold has reorganised its non-executive director team, making two senior board appointments.

Jenners department store in Edinburgh will close for good in the spring after its owner failed to agree new terms with the landlord. It has been trading for 183 years.

Furniture and department store retailer Bradbeers says it is positive it will be able to extend its debt maturity profile for a second time if the pandemic further delays plans regarding investment property.

Dorchester, Sidmouth and Weymouth retailer outlines initial impact of pandemic on revenue, profitability and working capital.

Upminster retailer Roomes Furniture & Interiors says it has undergone a year of improvement with the pandemic having reinforced the need for the changes it has subsequently made.

London furniture company E & A Wates will bring the curtain down on 120 years of trading in the spring with the planned, permanent closure of its retail arm. It hopes to find a buyer for its other activities.

Fishpools says the strength of its online presence was apparent during the first lockdown and facilitated an extremely strong start once deliveries and its store were able to recommence, with demand continuing through 2020.

The md of two-store independent furniture retailer Cookes says the business is trading ahead of plan despite the obstacles thrown at it through 2020.



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