The start of September was an exciting time for the Sophie Allport team as we opened the doors to our new shop on Spalding Road in Bourne. Let us take you for a look behind the scenes at how we created this exciting expansion.
After many months of planning, the overall building of the project took only five months with help from local businesses such as Hardy Constructions, Intone Designs and Colourbank Carpets. Here we see the foundations of the build coming together with the new outer walls beginning to rise.
We faced many challenges over the months, one of which was challenging weather extremes, from record-breaking heatwaves to a completely flooded carpark!
Funding for the extension was provided by Barclays and the Rural Development Programme for England. Our Relationship Manager Nigel, at Barclays, explained; “Jem and Sophie have worked really hard to get the business to where it is today. They have a distinctive brand which is enjoyed by many and we are delighted we have been able to support them in the latest stage of the company’s development.”
The carpark was indeed a building site, but once the exterior had been cladded, the windows and doors were installed, then it was finally time to start on the interior. There were already plans in place for the second floor to have an ‘outlet area’ where all the seconds are half price, (excluding bedding).
The walls were painted, and it was time to start assembling furniture and constructing shelves, ready for the Sophie Allport range to be beautifully displayed and customers to come and see Sophie's collections.
It's astonishing to think that months before this space was a car park!
If you are in the Lincolnshire area and fancy a browse around our beautiful new shop, then please come and see us. If you haven‘t been able to visit, don’t worry we’ve got some final photos for you to enjoy. We think our new pet corner looks excellent with stacks of Sophie’s dog beds and mattresses in all sizes and designs.
Our opening times are:
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Saturdays - 10am - 4pm
Closed on public and bank holidays
Visit the new shop:
The Old Brewery
We would like to say thank you to everyone who was involved in the build, from the contractors to the EAFRD. We really appreciate all the help and support we have had along the way.Sophie Allport Expansion & Innovation Project
Funding has been received by the EAFRD to help support the above project in order to create additional warehouse space, an onsite showroom and invest in manufacturing equipment. This is part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas
Have you been to our new shop? Let us know what you think, if not we'd love to see you soon.