Andersons has opened its doors at the former Evening Mail press hall on Phoenix Industrial Estate.
Employing 12 people from the area, the kitchen, hardware and joinery firm aims to capitalise on a surge in spending.
Vince Woods, managing director of Andersons, said: “Every staff member is from the Barrow area and every position we’ll create will be local. There’s going to be about 14 staff members and that’s set to grow as the business grows.”
He added: “We’re putting a big investment in here to show people the type of products we do and to try and grow business in the local area.”
Based in Carlisle, Andersons has grown its reputation since its origins in 1888 and now has five centres across Cumbria and Scotland.
Having started out as a timber yard, Andersons soon had to move with the times and break into the retail market in order to survive changes in the industry. Andersons decided to make the move to Barrow after increasing demand in the south of the county made a base necessary.
Mr Woods said: “We were already supplying to this area as it was and it became clear there was a retail demand here. By building a big showroom and putting our products on display, we’re making it easier for people here to come and see them. It’s helping the customers to feel more at home.”
Having a base that’s close to customers is a key part of Andersons’ service and Mr Woods is hoping the transformation of the building will help forge new relationships in the town.
He said: “We build relationships face-to-face by people coming in and talking to staff members and seeing what products we have to offer. This has been a big investment for Andersons but we saw the potential in the project when we saw the building and I knew it would be perfect as another Andersons depot.”
Article taken from the North-West Evening Mail.
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