Behind the scenes of building our Bourne shop & outlet

Sophie's Stories

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.

Behind the scenes Sophie Allport Bourne shop

We faced many challenges over the months, one of which was challenging weather extremes, from record-breaking heatwaves to a completely flooded carpark!

Bourne Shop Sophie Allport

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.”

Bourne shop build

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).

Behind the scenes at Bourne shop

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.

Sophie Allport Bourne shop build

It's astonishing to think that months before this space was a car park!

Sophie Allport new shop in Borune

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.

Sophie Allport Bourn Shop opens

Our opening times are:
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Saturdays - 10am - 4pm
Closed on public and bank holidays

Sophie Allport opens Bourne shop

Visit the new shop:
Sophie Allport
The Old Brewery
Spalding Road
Bourne
Lincolnshire
PE10 9WG

Sophie Allport Shop

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


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.

3 comments

  • I have just broken a pheasant jug which was part of a set I got for my husband a few years ago. Do you have any in stock? If not , do you have a couple of smaller size mugs and a jug to match with any pattern of pheasants, for an avid, old shooter? Dr Grace Morris, Kilmacolm, Scotland

    DR Grace Morris on

  • Hi Carolyne, Yes, you can purchase Fabric By The Metre in our Bourne shop, available Mon – Fri. I will advise that you may have to wait while our team cut it to the desired length. Many thanks.

    Paige @ Sophie Allport on

  • hi do you sell the fabric by the metre here many thanks

    carolyne gent on


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