The £3m renovation is expected to be complete by Christmas 2015, creating up to 20 new local jobs when it opens
Barkers, one of North Yorkshire’s most famous department stores is planning to invest £3.5m, expanding one of its sites in Northallerton due to increased customer spending over the last 18 months.
The family-run Barkers department store is looking to expand its furnishing store on Yafforth Road, adding 20,000 square feet (just bigger than a quarter of a football pitch) of space for a new section for contemporary furniture, homeware and home accessories. The £3m renovation is expected to be complete by Christmas 2015, creating up to 20 new local jobs when it opens.
£500,000 will also be spent on work renovating the first-floor restaurant and fashion floor of Barkers’ flagship store on Northallerton High Street. The owners of the store are looking to completely gut the restaurant, installing new floors, lighting, counters, chairs and even a conservatory with sofas in a bid to create a more modern restaurant seating up to 180 people. The restaurant is also planning an area which can be sectioned off for special events, and another area selling luxury biscuits, chocolates and gift boxes.
Charles Barker, managing director of Barkers commented on the planned work, saying that due to the family’s long history in the area, and the fact that they “plan to be here for the long-term” they “have tremendous confidence in the town of Northallerton.” He continued, saying “We felt the effects of the recession in 2008 after the banking crisis happened and we have had some challenging times since then, but in the last 18 months we've found people are much more positive, there is more consumer confidence and spending has increased."
Retail Smart, a company specialising in store planning software, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. A spokesperson for the company gave the following statement: “It’s great to see a family-owned business planning renovations of this size. It’s rare to see long-standing family-owned businesses these days, and it shows great signs for the local economy in the near future.”
“This planning stage the perfect time for a business to invest in a quality piece of store planning software such as a powerful planogram package. The store owners can use this software to design a virtual store, stock their shelves and even walk around the expansion as if it was real. If they don’t like the layout or lighting, they can change it digitally before they commit to the renovation plans. With the help of the right software it’s easier than ever to plan and design the perfect store or restaurant, and it’s a lot cheaper than trying to fix problems with the design once the renovations are complete.”
Retail Smart is a UK planogram and store planning software and services company. They supply services ranging from planograms, store planning, range assortment retail solutions and interactive 3D retail experiences. Retail Smart help their clients to build credible product range and optimise their shelf and store space.
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