Harrogate specialist interior design and retail business Richard Grafton Interiors has announced a £300,000 investment in a new 3,000sq ft retail premises at Crescent Court in Ilkley.
The new showroom is the third interior design showroom to be opened by the £2.1m turnover firm, and is its first outside Harrogate where Richard Grafton Interiors and its architectural installations division have showrooms and offices.
In April, Richard Grafton announced a new venture manufacturing his own range of hand made British furniture designed in-house. The Ilkley showroom will be the first to stock the new range when it is unveiled later in the year.
As well as being a West Yorkshire base for Richard and the existing team, the opening of the new studio and retail space will create three new jobs including a showroom manager and two interior designers.
The ground floor showroom, situated on the A65 Leeds Road in the Crescent Court development, will be designed as a luxury apartment to showcase interiors and installations such as kitchens, bathrooms and entertainment technology installations, with an interior design studio on site.
Managing director Richard Grafton said:
Ilkley was the natural next location for us.
We have always done a lot of work for clients in and around Ilkley, and its popularity as a place to live continues, especially with professionals working in Leeds and Bradford.
We have been planning a move to the town for some time, but we wanted to wait for the perfect location to become available, and it was worth the wait.
It is great to be investing in the showroom here to showcase our work, and to create a base for our designers. The retail space here will be the main furniture showroom for the new range that we will launch in autumn 2016.
Our design team is in increasing demand on projects across the whole region and we have grown to 13 staff in just four years. With more recruits set to join us and the opening of the new showroom in September, we are keen to keep expanding as our name and reputation spreads outside North Yorkshire.
Richard Grafton Interiors’ main 5,000 sq ft showroom and head office are situated on the corner of Montpellier Street and The Ginnel, in Harrogate, and the firm also has its warehouse facility in the town.