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Two little firms with big hearts are bucking the gloomy national outlook after taking on bigger premises in Chippenham.
The Chippenham Kitchen and Bedroom Centre Ltd, and its neighbour of six years The Tile Gallery, have moved to new Bath Road units, opposite Bathwick Tyres, from Audley Road.
Husband and wife Steve and Theresa McLoughlin, who run the centre, and Garry Hulbert of the gallery, moved into the bigger premises last month. They opened officially at the weekend.
Mrs McLoughlin said:
We are two separate companies, even though we were neighbours and still are. We share one building, separated into two units. There is considerably more space, so we’re able to have 17 kitchen unit displays laid out. People like to see and touch the units – it’s important to know about the quality of the finished product. We also fit bathrooms. I think we are the only people in Chippenham to do all three that I am aware of.
Mr McLoughlin has been working as a fitter for more than 20 years, and is responsible for the entire journey of the refits, from designing them and showing the 3D image before work starts to overseeing the remodelling.
The couple also employ another fitter, as well as their 17-year-old son Adam, who is a trainee with the company.
Neighbouring business owner Mr Hulbert said he is looking forward to the coming year.
We do wall and floor tiles here, and we also cover carpets, vinyls, all types of flooring. The site is so much bigger now that I can display four bathrooom displays, so people can see what they’re getting. When we heard about the unit, we immediately wanted the chance to move our businesses here. It’s a fantastic opportunity. It’s not nerve-wracking at all – it’s exciting.
For more information, call the Chippenham Kitchen and Bedroom Centre Ltd on (01249) 656000 and The Tile Gallery on (01249) 660101.