Press Release 17th April 2018
Award Winning Shopping Village looks to Expand into the Ribble Valley.
Award-winning shopping village Oswaldtwistle Mills wants to create an exciting new Home & Lifestyle store located in the Ribble Valley, selling stylish furniture and contemporary homewares at Barrow Brook Business Park to the south of Clitheroe.
An application for the £1.5 million development of a 1,380 sq.m unit (including 620 sq.m at mezzanine level) was submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council on 28 March 2018. The purpose-built glass fronted store will be occupied by Oswaldtwistle Mills under the new trading name ‘Love Furniture Stores’ and will include a Coffee Shop/Tearoom along with 45 adjacent car parking spaces. The new development will sit alongside the existing commercial offer at Barrow Brook, which includes a Starbucks, Subway, McDonald’s, KFC, Co-Operative Food Store and Texaco Petrol Station.
The proposal was conceived following Oswaldtwistle Mills’ successful opening of a similar store within The Mill Outlet & Garden Centre, Batley in 2016. Similar to its existing operations, the new retail unit at Barrow Brook will accommodate a diverse range of furniture & homewares, with a focus on British Made and local suppliers from the Lancashire Region, and a white-glove local delivery service. Love Furniture Stores will complement the existing retail offer within Clitheroe town centre and Whalley village, while boosting consumer choice and reducing the need for residents to travel to out-of-town shopping destinations.
A number of employment opportunities will be created both through the construction period and once open, at a range of levels and seniority.
The application is a joint initiative between Red Rose Holdings of Darwen, who will be developing & overseeing the build project, and Boyd Hargreaves, Managing Director of Oswaldtwistle Mills, who will manage the ongoing retail operation.
“Having worked in close partnership within the last year with the local council, we are delighted for the opportunity to be able to bring our expert retailing and marketing experience to a new venture in the Ribble Valley. We have worked hard to develop a concept that will not only complement the beautiful aesthetics of the surrounding landscape but also offer a new retail experience and create jobs for local residents.”
The applicants have worked closely with Clitheroe-based architects Stanton Andrews, local Planning Consultant, Andrew Walker and White Young Green of Manchester. Subject to planning approval, the exciting new store would be up and running for the early part of 2019.
Notes: Oswaldtwistle Mills employees 90 people directly over its 3 sites at the main shopping village in Oswaldtwistle, their Business and Conference Centre, in Oswaldtwistle and Home & Lifestyle Centre at Batley, West Yorkshire. In addition a further 70 staff are employed by concessions operating from their main shopping village in Oswaldtwistle.