Kim Foster has acquired the long-established cookshop Copperfields of Whitstable, based in the seaside resort on the north Kent coast, from Dawn and Roy Reading.
The high street business, which has been selling housewares since 1956, has always been in private family ownership “and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to continue this legacy,” Kim said. Kim and his daughter Gemma will be working in the business and say they look forward to the continued support of the community.
Kim added: “I would like to say thank you to both Dawn and Roy Reading for all their help in providing the opportunity for me to acquire the business. For 16 years they have run a successful business, supporting and providing a service to Whitstable and the surrounding area.
“To reassure everybody and to quash any rumours, this will not be an estate agency [Kim’s previous business]. We will be developing the existing business and expanding into the first floor over the next six months. Having been in business in Whitstable since 1976, the acquisition of Copperfields is an exciting journey for us.
“And having been involved with Save Whitstable Shop Campaign, the Chamber of Commerce and a strong advocate of retail and service in Whitstable, I thought it was time to put my money where my mouth is again! Exciting times are ahead.”
Kim’s creative director, Jim Fowle, is currently developing the store’s new website and online sales. Key brands stocked by Copperfields of Whitstable include Cath Kidston, Rayware, Gisela Graham, Addis and Kitchen Craft.