Housewares chain Lords of Notting Hill has acquired London cookshop La Cuisinere.
The specialist business, on Northcote Road in Battersea, has been trading for 25 years and owners Anne and Jeremy Blackie were within days of closing down and letting the premises to a charity shop when Lords stepped in.
Lords of Notting Hill ceo Shanker Patel commented: “We’re delighted to add Northcote Road to our expanding store portfolio. We look forward to serving the local residents with a wide variety of quality brands and housewares essentials. Our store will be a perfect addition to this renowned high street and we’re excited about the opportunity.”
The company said it believes it has the right product offering and will enhance the local high street shopping experience for customers who have shopped at La Cuisinere for many years. It added: “Shoppers will not only find cookware but so much more for the home, while our online offering of click & collect will provide customers with an extensive range beyond the store.”
Based in west London, Lords group is a diverse family-run retailing and wholesaling business that has been trading since 1984. The group has a significant presence in the builders’ merchant market and is building a strong reputation as an innovative housewares retailer through its Lords of Notting Hill brand.
There are two Lords of Notting Hill branches, at 84-86 Holland Park Avenue and 86 Westbourne Grove, which stock a wide selection of housewares products. Key brands include Bodum, Brabantia, Brita, Cuisinart, Krups, KitchenAid, E-cloth, Magimix, Simplehuman, Vitamix, Dualit and Joseph Joseph.
In May Lords acquired Hertfordshire retailer Poores of Chorleywood: a family business dating back nearly 200 years, which also operated a branch in the west London district of Acton. Its Chorleywood outlet stocked a range of housewares including giftshop, cookshop, kitchenware, and household electrical appliances.
The group is looking to expand further, with more acquisitions in the pipeline for 2014. Shanker Patel said: Our strategy is to revive the high street by acquiring existing hardware/housewares stores and making them relevant to today’s consumers, by changing product offerings and investing in modernising these stores.”
Lords of Notting Hill was a finalist in the 2014 Housewares Innovation Awards, organised by Housewares Magazine and www.HousewaresLive.net.