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£500k refurb for century-old store

25 October 2011 No Comment

A Norfolk department store that has been trading for over a century has undergone a massive £500,000 makeover. The Aldiss homewares store of Fakenham has changed significantly since works began in February, reports EDP24.co.uk.

Interior of shopping mall

Creative commercial refurbishment

From the outside, the store now has a fresh new look; layered in brick and stone, with arching windows. The Aldiss logo meanwhile, now stands proud atop a slate roof. On the inside, it has a new entrance area and display cabinet placement has been optimised to give shoppers more space.

As part of a three-phase plan, materials and design features were chosen specifically for their energy-saving credentials. Therefore developers decide to fit the entire building with low-energy lighting; while roof cladding keeps it adequately insulated.

A challenging refurbishment

Aldiss’ operations and buying director, Steve O’Donoghue, says that the main challenge in the refurbishment was to keep his customers satisfied – whilst not forgetting the firms’ long-standing heritage. Aldiss.com reveals that the company, formed in 1892 by William V. Aldiss, is extremely close to local hearts and minds.

“The new frontage looks absolutely beautiful,” he beamed.

“The refit also features new in-store displays and there is more space for people to shop in the store.

“Aldiss is a long-established business with its 120th anniversary coming up. With this in mind, we did not want the redesign to look ultra modern. We have also had lots of great feedback from customers who have commented on how great the place looks.”

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