One of the most prime sites in Ashington town centre has been snapped up by a home furnishings retailer.
The Arch-owned retail space at the busy junction on Woodhorn Road is the first shop in the town for Beautiful Homes and ends its year-long search for the perfect spot for their business.
There are six other branches of the store around the north east but this is the first in Northumberland, and it has created three new jobs.
Area manager Mark Langley said: “We have only been trading in Ashington for a few weeks and the welcome from people has been tremendous.
“Right from opening the doors on our first day there has been really brisk business and lovely feedback on our service.
“Customers have explained there used to be a furniture shop on this site and seem to be delighted there is another one in the town now.”
Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, added: “Beautiful Homes is a long-standing, family business which has strong roots in the north east so it is excellent news for us that they have recognised the strength of Ashington’s retail heart.
“The position of their new store is perfect for them as their shop window is on one of the busiest streets in the town centre.
“They are off to a flying start and I am sure the business will go on to even greater success.”
The business ethos is to provide a wide range of home furnishings such as three piece suites, dining suites, beds and occasional pieces at heavily discounted prices.
At present the shop has furnishings on the ground floor and cut price sales products on its first floor but the plan is to remodel that space and create a bed and bedroom showroom in the coming months.