Published: 15/02/2014 17:00 - Updated: 14/02/2014 10:53

Grampian Furnishers pose relocation question to customers

THE power of social media will again see customers have their say in the ­future of a Moray business.

How the new store would look at the retail park.
How the new store would look at the retail park.

Grampian Furnishers in Lossie­mouth is set to open a second store, in Elgin.

Owner Royce Clark has narrowed the final location down to two possible sites.

He wants customers to express their preference for where they would like to see the new store.

He has had mock-up images done of how the premises might look with Grampian Furnishers fascia, and he is asking customers to give him their views through the company’s Facebook page. He has offers in for both the Edgar Road Retail Park and the former Comet store in Elgin.

“In terms of square footage, both stores are about 50-50, while we would be looking at a long-term lease of a unit at Edgar Road or buying the former Comet store,” said Mr Clark.

Last year he consulted customers through Facebook on plans to relocate the Lossiemouth business to Elgin.

The former Comet store is also in the running.
The former Comet store is also in the running.

“I couldn’t believe the feedback we got,” said Mr Clark. “One person even came into the shop and said ‘you can’t close Lossiemouth; we love that shop’”.

After hundreds of postings, the overwhelming message was that ­people didn’t want to lose the long-­established business from Lossiemouth, and that he should consider a second store in Moray’s economic capital.

He has taken that on board and will definitely open a second outlet in Elgin, possibly later this summer.

Up to six new jobs could be created initially by the opening of a new store, which Mr Clark said will be different to the existing shop and will stock more contemporary furniture and household items.

Mr Clark currently employs 12 staff at the Queen Street store in Lossiemouth, which is a converted former cinema building.

His father, Jim, established the business in Elgin in 1975 before relocating to Lossiemouth in 1981.

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