Gifts Today magazine

Collectables opens two stores

Collectables opens two stores and is set to move  back into the Metrocentre The Collectables retail brand is back! 

Although the chain of 14 independent gift stores went into administration before the end of September, the Lewis family opened two new small stores before Christmas – one in the Dalton Park outlet centre on the outskirts of Sunderland and the other in Middlesbrough.

And David Lewis, managing director of Collectables, says he plans to open two more stores in March – taking back all but one of the three that the family had in Gateshead’s Metrocentre.  

David comments: “Neither has traded since we had them and while we would have liked to reopen sooner, the paperwork takes quite a time.  They will have fresh shopfits and we are looking forward to a good Mother’s Day.” 

Collectables will be employing some of the staff that previously worked for the retailer. The focus of the new-look stores will be on cookware and candles.

“We feel that they are a good fit, bringing together the elements of the home and entertaining with gifting. We are very excited about the 8,500 square feet store in the Metrocentre, which we will freshen up by using primary colours and making it relevant to cookware. All the headers will tie in, the fixtures will be tall and the bottom shelf will look like a butcher’s block. The floor will be wooden.”

David says that it will then be time to take stock of the business before deciding whether to open another Collectables store, possibly in September.

He adds: “It’s been a tough time but we are in a good place now and we are enthusiastic and ready to get going again.”

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