Sofa business earmarks expansion plans

Independent upholstery retailer KC Sofas has revealed plans to open two new stores next year.

KC Sofas, which currently operates from six stores including Castleford, Sheffield, Lincoln, Doncaster, Barnsley and Worksop, has confirmed that it will open on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield.

The opening coincides with the relocation of its Sheffield store on Barlborough Links where the next space in Chesterfield offers an extended showroom footprint. This is expected to open on 1 March 2024.

KC Sofas also has plans to reopen in Sheffield in a new location, with the company currently searching for the right premises on the Highstreet.

Furthermore, the business has confirmed plans to open a new store in Market Wheaton, West Yorkshire, by the end of 2024, bringing its portfolio to eight stores. A location is yet to be confirmed at this stage.

Overall, KC Sofas is looking to invest £200,000 into the business, which also includes a revamped website, as Jamie Charnock, co-founder of KC Sofas, explains: “We are moving our current store at Barlborough to a much larger Highstreet showroom on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield, which will open at the beginning of March next year.

“Then in July we are going to be opening a new store in Sheffield. We are currently looking for a property, but this will also be located on the Highstreet. Then towards the end of 2024 we will be looking for our eighth store, and we are targeting Market Wheaton.

“We are also updating our current website. By the time the new showroom is open in Chesterfield in March we will have launched a brand-new bespoke website that we are currently investing a lot of time and money into. Next year we will be investing around £200,000 into all areas of the company.

“After an amazing 2023 we have decided to expand the company from six showrooms to eight during 2024. Then over the next couple of years we will also be upgrading all our original showroom to better locations. Next year will be the company’s 11th year and we aim to make it the best year yet.

“In January 2023 we took on all our own deliveries which we believe was the start of the company’s recent success. Everything we do now is in house so we can completely control our own destiny.”

The company was formed back in January 2014 by Jamie Charnock and Neville King with just £400. “We started out by selling a couple of sofas online and then reinvested that money and the rest is history,” Jamie added.

“We currently employ over 30 people total and will be looking to expand on that number in the next year.”

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