Law firm Thomas Eggar has advised independent department store chain Morleys Stores on its acquisition of department store business Camp Hopson.
Based in the Berkshire town of Newbury, Camp Hopson joins seven other independently branded department stores under the Morleys name: Elys of Wimbledon, Roomes of Upminster, James Selby, Bodgers of Ilford, Pearsons of Enfield. Morleys in Tooting and Morleys in Brixton. The acquisition of Camp Hopson will push Morleys’ group sales beyond the £100m mark.
Morleys executive chairman Bernard Dreesmann said: “Our acquisition of Camp Hopson is very much a strategic fit with our business as a whole and we’re looking forward to further investing in the store’s future. This should see significant benefits for Camp Hopson but also the Morleys Stores business as a whole.”
Camp Hopson was founded in 1921 and is still independently run and family owned. The three-floor department store includes cookshop, tableware, china and gifts departments along with a cosmetic hall , fashion, footwear, accessories, jewellery, luggage and a small haberdashery department. These are spread over two floors with the third floor housing a restaurant with its own outdoor terrace.
The store operates a Furniture Centre too, situated across its car park, which is also home to rugs, carpets, laminate and wood flooring and linen department offering bedding, towels and soft accessories.
The Cookshop department is on the first floor and stocks kitchenware, cookware, bakeware, small electricals, table linen and accessories. The china and gift area carries home accessories, tableware, cutlery and glassware with a section devoted to Villeroy & Boch. Other housewares brands include Nespresso, Pimpernel; Emma Bridgewater, Tefal, Arthur Price, Magimix, Spode, Stellar, Judge, Denby, Horwood, Le Creuset, KitchenAid, Arthur Price and Morphy Richards.