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Furniture retailer Barker & Stonehouse expands in Guildford

By Paul Norman - Wednesday, February 07, 2018 9:36

Furniture retailer Barker & Stonehouse has opened its 11th store, in Guildford, as part of an expansion drive across southern England.

Advised by specialist retail consultant Edgerley Simpson Howe (ESH), the independent, family-run furniture retailer, has secured its third store in the South following the 2013 launch of its showroom in London’s Battersea and a store in Hove which opened its doors last April.

Barker & Stonehouse’s 42,000 sq ft store at Ladymead, Guildford extends over two floors and incorporates a curated furniture range which features brands including Timothy Oulton, Riva 1920, Vi-Spring and Ercol. The £10m showpiece was built on the site of the former fire station after the retailer acquired the 1.4-acre from Surrey County Council.

The company was founded during the Second World War and opened its first store in Stockton in 1946. Today it has a portfolio of eight stores across the north of England and the Midlands, a showroom in London’s Battersea and two outlets in York and Middlesbrough. The new stores in Guildford and Hove, together with the recent acquisition of a 53,500 sq ft distribution warehouse in Crawley, reflects an appetite to extend its portfolio south of the Thames.

ESH advised Barker & Stonehouse on its latest southern acquisitions. They require an optimum store size of around 20,000 sq ft on either a freehold or leasehold basis.

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