London housewares chain Lords was named Cookshop & Housewares Association (CHA) Retailer of the Year 2016 last night (Wednesday October 5).
The CHA is the national trade association for independent cookshop and housewares retailers in the UK. It is a specialist division of the British Independent Retailers Association (bira).
The winner beat off competition from five finalists from around the country: Abraxas Cookshop, with branches in Weedon, Northamptonshire; Rugby, Warwickshire; Banbury, Oxfordshire; and Northampton, Northamptonshire; Barnitts of York department store; Loose’s Cookshop of Norwich in Norfolk; Potters Cookshop of Hockley in Essex and Trevor Mottram cookshop of Tunbridge Wells in Kent
Lords is a family-owned business, run by two sisters: brand director Rita Dewan and product director Rachna Dewan.They operate six stores in and around London. Their flagship opened in Holland Park in 2013 and was followed by branches in Westbourne Grove, Hampstead, Northcote Road (Battersea), St Johns Wood and Chorleywood.
The sisters said: “Our aim is to bring both stylish and useful housewares into homes. With our stores on local high streets, we want to offer convenience and a wide range of everyday utility items, as well as aspirational products that inspire.
“In essence, we are a one-stop shop where our customers can be sure to find a combination of what they need and what they’d like to have, all under one roof, on their doorstep.”
The news was announced at the Excellence in Housewares Awards. Held at the London Lancaster hotel, the event was organised by ‘Progressive Housewares’ magazine, in conjunction with the CHA.