Browns boss delighted at first year in business
A £1 million investment in a Lincolnshire market town a year ago which created 45 new jobs has been money well spent, it was claimed this week.
Browns of York chairman Nick Brown is leading celebrations this week marking a year in business at Marshall's Yard in Gainsborough.
Exactly 12 months ago, the family-run York-based department store company opened only its fourth outlet in more than 100 years of trading.
Still based in the city, Browns has other outlets in Wetherby near Hull and Helmsley on the edge of the North York Moors.
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It spent £650,000 transforming the former Carpetright unit at the entrance to the award-winning retail park, including a sweeping staircase and glass lift.
"We are delighted to be celebrating our first birthday with our customers at Marshall's Yard," Mr Brown said.
"We've been given such a lovely, warm welcome here in Gainsborough.
"And we've performed really well in our first year in what is still a difficult climate in retail and have really proved there is a market for our quality ranges.
"Since opening only 12 short months ago, the business has gone from strength-to-strength and we are getting lots of repeat visitors.
"We look forward to building on this first year's success into our second year at Marshall's Yard.
"And we'll stay focussed on our commitment to delivering great customer service and high quality products."
The business was recognised in the annual Marshall's Yard Awards in April when the store was named Retailer of the Year – voted for by shoppers.
Marshall's Yard assistant centre manager Alison Hall, said: "The store is a great addition to the line up here at the Yard, bringing a great range of new products and lines to the town."