Investment ahead of the pandemic helped Glasswells, one of Europe's largest privately-owned furniture retailers, mitigate the impact of enforced store closures on its business.

The launch of ecommerce and a diversified product strategy are helping three-store independent Goulds return to profit and shield itself from potential further impact from the pandemic.

The disposal of the long-closed Tudor Williams department store in New Malden raised £3.5 million for its former owner, helping it to reduce borrowings and boost liquidity.

Jarrold & Son, whose diversified operations include The Granary furniture showrooms and its large Norwich department store, saw the value of sales fall by almost half amid pandemic-related store closures.

South East furniture and home department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor recorded a loss on the impact of lockdowns and a non-cash impairment in the value of its freehold property.

Furniture and furnishings retailer Liberty Furnishings has begun a closing down sale at its Newtown store ahead of plans to trade with an adjusted business model in the future.

Six-store independent retailer HomePlus Furniture has agreed a 15-year lease on the former Marks & Spencer store in the centre of Ashford, Kent.

Privately-owned department and furniture store retailer W.P. Brown says it will launch a debut online platform for the first time saying it is vital to take an omnichannel approach to the new modern retail environment.

The recapitalised Lee Longlands group bounced back strongly from the impact of the initial spring lockdown to put it firmly back in profit through the 2020/21 trading period.

Independent furniture retailer Harrison & Brown has expanded the display area of its Sunderland store by converting the top floor of its city centre building.

The owner of home, furniture and department store retailer Bakers and Larners says it endured one of its most challenging years on record as it grappled with both the impact of Covid and a serious fire, which destroyed one of its supermarkets.

Bury St Edmunds independent retailer Direct Furniture has acquired the freehold to a former garden centre in the town. It will become its second store.

North West home department store retailer Housing Units has revamped part of its ground floor with the launch this week of a new concept targeting the urban living market.

Sales, rental income and profits declined at Andersons of Inverurie in 2019/20 amid the impact of coronavirus restrictions. However, cash generation was stronger.

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.



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