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.

Privately-owned Aberdare retailer Farrells Furniture has seen its large warehouse-style retail showroom destroyed by fire following a suspected arson attack.

Privately-owned retailer Archers Sleepcentre is to expand its store footprint with a new unit on "one of Scotland's leading retail parks" this Christmas.

South Coast furniture retailer Marriotts Furnishers has begun a stock clearance sale ahead of its planned, permanent closure next month.

David Amery has joined five-store privately-owned furniture retailer Gillies of Broughty Ferry as bedroom category buyer.

Glasswells, one of the U.K.'s largest independent home furnishers, has completed the remodel of its atrium entrance at its Bury St. Edmunds store.

Furniture, home department store and leisure group Leekes is to relocate its Park Furnishers business at Bedminster to a retail park site in Bristol early next year.

Privately-owned retailer targets Boxing Day launch for second new store this year.

Orchid Furniture, a high-end interiors retailer specialised in oriental style products, has reorganised with fewer stores under a new owner-operated company.

Profits advanced at North West destination home department store retailer Housing Units in 2019–20 despite sales being impacted by the pandemic and flooding.

South East furniture and department store retailer Collingwood Batchellor says the decision to diversify its operations will leave it in a strong position in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

East of England department store retailer Jarrold said it received an "amazing uptake from our customers wishing to support us" as it embraced ecommerce demand after the first lockdown.

Glasswells' commercial storage and warehousing facility at Bury St Edmunds has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management systems.

Pent-up demand following the first lockdown earlier this year meant the decision to hold a retail sales event soon after stores re-opened proved judicious, according to a large independent in the South East of England.

Four-store independent remained profitable in 2019–20 despite the pandemic interrupting the final quarter of its financial year.

Destination furniture store retailer Andersons of Inverurie brought an end to four years of sliding sales in 2018–19 according to newly-filed accounts taking in the period well in advance of Covid-19's arrival.

The owners of furniture retailer Laws of Perth have announced the planned permanent closure of the business after they accepted an offer on the building premises.

Lukehurst, the third generation Kent home furnishings retailer celebrating its 50th anniversary, says it plans to press ahead with expansion next year.

The company behind department store retailer Browns of York booked a smaller net loss in 2019–20 and says it will explore options for its first-ever ecommerce website.

Glasswells has stepped up work remodelling the atrium entrance of its Bury St. Edmunds store, part of an ongoing series of investments at the flagship site that began in 2017.

Cabinet wholesale and retail company Kettle Interiors U.K. has renamed one of its two residual furniture retail stores after it adapted the available product offer post-lockdown.

Hatfields of Colchester, the major southeast England independent furniture retailer, agreed access to new term and revolving debt as it protected its business from the impact of lockdown.

The privately-owned group that lists heritage retailer Jarrold as its flagship asset is cutting more than a fifth of its workforce including Minnie Moll, CEO at its department store unit.

Independent retailer Taskers of Accrington is to build a new website it hopes will deliver the twin result of higher online sales as well as more customers visiting its North West store.

The net worth of a two-store furniture retailer with a sizeable Internet operation advanced after it kept six-figure profits within the business in 2019–20.

East of England furniture retailer Glasswells will reopen its Bury St Edmunds superstore on Saturday after cleaning up the devastation caused by a storm last weekend.

Independent furniture and department store retailer Barkers (Northallerton) estimates the Government-mandated shutdown of its stores cost the business about £40,000 a day in lost sales.

Glasswells says all hands are on deck as it looks to get its large Bury St Edmunds superstore reopened after it was hit by severe flood damage caused by torrential rain last weekend.

A number of Britain's premier independent furniture retailers have signed up to the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, providing a hoped-for footfall boost through August.

The privately-owned franchisee behind the BoConcept brand in Canterbury has partnered a local property developer and builder for a high-end housing scheme in Kent.

James Gillies Lornie, the third-generation former managing director of privately-owned Scottish furniture retailer Gillies, has died. He was 84 years old.

A Lancashire and Yorkshire department store business with a large online operation said it has enjoyed a sales fillip thanks to more people being at home this year.

Developers keen to acquire the Manchester site housing the 50,000sqft Stocktons designer furniture store have a little over a week to make their bids. Interest is high, according to the agents charged with finding a buyer.

Privately-owned retailer Fairway Furniture reversed a skinny four-figure deficit to return to profit in the year to January 31, 2020 as sales inched forward and the value of its investments climbed.

Independent furniture retailer Michael O'Connor will rebuild store numbers with the opening of a second North East showroom later this summer.

The group behind the privately-owned Morleys department store network in London and South East England bolstered its balance sheet last year, leaving it well positioned ahead of the pandemic.

Privately-owned South East retailer Sussex Beds opened its long-planned tenth store last weekend after its launch had been delayed because of the pandemic.

The owner of four-store furniture retailer Alan Ward, one of the largest independent retailers in the country, has told employees that its stores will not reopen following the lockdown.

Industry insiders are hopeful that Alan Ward's flagship Shrewsbury store will remain a landmark furniture site despite the planned closure of the four-store retailer's shops.



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