The Kitchen Kapers cookshop chain is counting the cost of a bungled builders’ job at one of its branches, and of repairs following last year’s floods at another.
A significant quantity of stock has had to be written off at the Woking outlet as a result of work being done by builders to repair the roof.
“They went home Friday of last week’s Bank Holiday and left the roof uncovered,” Kitchen Kapers’ owner Gary Gordon told HousewaresLive.net, “and we had this amazing downpour. It’s wrecked thousands of pounds’ worth of stock – the water came straight down onto where the Cuisinart products are. It’s ruined our beautiful maplewood floor, and the till blew up – apparently, it went bang!
“We had four inches of water and two days of mopping up. The staff have been fantastic,” he added. The branch had to be closed for three days.
Kitchen Kapers’ problems were compounded by the fact that, at the same time, its Windsor outlet was closed for five days. The branch was badly affected this time last year by flooding as a result of torrential rain, and was shut last week while repairs were made to the ceiling.