Changes in store at Barker and Stonehouse

MIDDLESBROUGH-BASED furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has announced plans for a new multi-million pound store in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

MIDDLESBROUGH-BASED furniture retailer Barker and Stonehouse has announced plans for a new multi-million pound store in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

The firm has received the go-ahead for plans to relocate from its current site on the St James Retail Park to a new £3m, 35,000sq ft store located at the entrance to the same retail park, formerly home to an Audi dealership.

The new store will be an eco friendly retail space with a BREEAM - an established and respected tool used to measure the sustainability of new non-domestic buildings in the UK - rating of “very good”.

Sustainable features include a “green” roof which provides bio-diversity and the creation of natural habitats, natural ventilation, low energy heating, an innovative heat recovery system and a unique lighting system specially designed by the company.

This lighting has already been introduced into the retailer’s other stores saving up to 60% on fuel bills.

Managing director James Barker said: “‘Investing so much time and effort in the new store is a display of our commitment to Knaresborough and our customers. We are always striving to improve and invest in the latest innovations – the new Knaresborough store is an example of this.”

Work on site is due to start later this year with an expected completion date of summer 2012.

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