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Fenwick’s Bracknell department store opens this week

Fenwick will unveil its ‘new concept’ department store in Bracknell on Thursday (September 7). The 80,000sq ft store will open in the new Lexicon development: a 1 million sq ft shopping and leisure destination in the pedestrianised centre of the Berkshire town. It will be one of the Lexicon’s flagships …

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Priti Merchant moves on to Morrisons

Supermarket multiple Morrisons has appointed Priti Merchant as cookshop buying manager. She was previously the senior kitchen buyer for home and garden chain Robert Dyas. Prior to that, Priti worked as a buying manager for specialist retailer Steamer Trading Cookshop for five years.

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Inspiration to the fore at Autumn Fair 2017

The first two days of Autumn Farm which kicked off on Sunday (September 3), have been a huge success according to organiser Ascential. Thousands of retailers and buyers have been travelling to the event at the NEC in Birmingham in search of new products ahead of the next big gifting …

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Dunelm chief executive steps down

Dunelm chief executive John Browett has stepped down for personal reasons, with immediate effect. The chairman of the homeware chain Andy Harrison said: “I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business and the strategic progress made under his leadership, most notably the exciting acquisition of Worldstores.” …

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New store openings for Wilko

Variety chain Wilko opened a new store in Nottingham on August 23. The 8,310sq ft premises is located at Giltbrook Shopping Park on Ikea Way. It stocks a variety of product categories from home, garden and health & beauty, to decorating, DIY and pets. Wilko will also open a new …

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Debenhams opens flagship store in Stevenage

Debenhams opened the doors to a new flagship store in the Hertfordshire town of Stevenage on August 24. Located at Roaring Meg Retail & Leisure Park, the 80,000sq ft branch which represents a multi-million pound investment. It showcases homeware, fashion, and beauty departments across two floors. The retailer trades out …

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Oliver Bonas to make Welsh debut at St David’s shopping centre

Independent homeware and fashion retailer Oliver Bonas is set to launch its first ever Welsh store in St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff. The 2,290sq ft branch will stock the brand’s range of homeware, fashion, jewellery and gifts from its own design team and select brands. Oliver Bonas launched in …

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Jamie tops The Sunday Times Bestsellers List

Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook is top of ‘The Sunday Times’ list of bestselling manuals. ‘5 Ingredients – Quick & Easy Food’ is a tie-in to the celebrity cook’s eight-part TV series called ‘Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food,’ which started on August 21 at 8pm on Channel 4. The broadcaster said …

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Steamer Trading Cookshop identifies housewares used in episode one of Bake Off

Specialist retailer Steamer Trading Cookshop has posted a blog on its website of housewares like those used in the first episode of The Great British Bake Off, which aired last Tuesday (August 29) on Channel 4. The blog said: “If you find your eye wandering from the baking drama, you …

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Obituary: Jeff Murphy

Jeff Murphy, 53, vice president, international of the International Housewares Association of the US passed away on June 7, during a hiking trip to Yellowstone National Park. Jeff’s death was the result of fall near Mammoth Hot Springs in Wyoming, according to National Park Service officials. In a statement, IHA …

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