Tuesday, March 4, 2014

News: Crosby Kitchens enters a new era

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Rotherham-based Crosby Kitchens, a major UK kitchen designer and supplier, is looking forward to a new era under new ownership.

Crosby Kitchens went into liquidation in September 2013, whilst its sister company, Aberdeen-based NTP Kitchens, was placed into receivership.

Part of Aberdeen-based CHAP Holdings, Crosby Kitchens only recently signed a lease on new premises at Houndhill Park, Manvers, having previously operated out of The Wesley Centre in Maltby and housing its stock in Edinburgh.

Businessman Andrew Gibson purchased the Crosby stock, brand and all intellectual property in December 2013 and is now trading out of the Houndhill Park premises.

Andy said: "I had no hesitation in purchasing the Crosby brand, with such a rich history it was and will continue to be one of the longest established kitchen brands in the industry, I look forward to developing the brand and taking it into new distribution channels, our first priority is to launch our online store, which will for the first time in over 25 years allow the consumer to purchase their kitchen direct from us online."

Changes have already been made with part of the warehouse premises allocated to a showroom for trade purposes, in addition the Houndhill Park premises will now offer trade buyers the opportunity to go to the trade counter and buy units off the shelf at up to 30% less than competitors.

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Crosby Kitchens began as K Brody Ltd in 1936, a small company specialising in the manufacture of bedroom and dining furniture for supply to local builders. It moved into manufacturing kitchen units and, despite the parent company going into receivership in the early 1970's, the profitable business joined the The Crosby Group where the development of the flatpack concept meant that the arm quickly became accountable for 50% of the turnover for Crosby's Consumer Products division.

CHAP (Holdings) Ltd, one of Scotland's leading privately owned construction groups, acquired a 60% stake in the firm in 2000 and were sole owners.

Crosby Kitchens website

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