After a successful first year’s trading from Bakewell’s Hebden Court, Bakewell Cookshop has relocated to much larger premises round the corner on Matlock Street.
The new store, which occupies a Grade II listed building in the Derbyshire town, is billed as “bigger, brighter and better, with nearly 1000sq feet of high quality cookware, Sheffield Made knives, design-led gifts and kitchen essentials”.
Co-owners Mark Pilkington and David Kidd started bakewellcookshop.com in early 2012 from their offices on Ashford Road. Since then the business has gone from strength to strength. After opening their first store last Spring, they quickly realised they needed a much larger shop. “The minute we saw the new premises on Matlock Street up for sale, we were hooked. The quality of the restoration undertaken by the previous owner was remarkable and offered the perfect space for the fantastic products we’ve already garnered a reputation for selling,” said Mark.
David added: “It’s been obvious from the response that we’ve had while getting the store ready that we’ve made the right choice. I’m confident we have one of the best spots in the town. We’re so grateful for the feedback we’ve received so far from local customers and traders.”
Mark and David noted that they have also enjoyed a “tremendous” reaction from suppliers, with the venture hailed as “the shot in the arm the independent cookware sector needs”. Teams from Joseph Joseph, Taylor’s Eye Witness and Kuhn Rikon, for example, have been on hand to assist with shop-fitting.
To celebrate the launch of the new store, Bakewell Cookshop invited all customers old and new to the Grand Opening last Saturday (March 29), to meet the team and explore 1,000-plus new products that have been added to the range.
Bakewell Mayor Paul Morgans agreed to open the store, and to thank the town for its support, Bakewell Cookshop has donated a percentage of the opening day’s takings to local charity Helen’s Trust.