Closing down sale at Padgetts Pine in Blackpool: Hand-built furniture at discount prices
Beautiful handcrafted pieces of furniture adorn homes across Lancashire, thanks to the empire created by Stephen Padgett. Now, following his retirement a few years back and the sad passing of his wife Marilyn in 2022, his sons Chris and Richard have decided to hang up their chisels and finally say farewell to Padgetts Pine forever.
The firm has operated out of its showroom and workshops at Old Mushroom Farm on Division Lane for 35 years, first started by Mr Padgett senior who was joined within a few years by his two sons.
But after difficult trading in the past few years – not least of all due to footfall being decimated by long-running roadworks at the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone – the family has taken the difficult decision to close.
Director Chris said: “A lot of people had heard we were closing and think it’s already happened. But we had always planned to stay open until August this year. In these last few months of trading we decided we wanted to do something special as a family for all our loyal customers.
“There is 40 to 50 per cent of some items in the showroom, and 15 per cent off everything else. People in Lancashire have supported us for so long, through two generations of our firm, and they’ve become like family to us. We know so many of them on first name terms, and it will be really sad to say goodbye. However, the time is right for both myself and Richard; we plan to take some time off with our families, perhaps semi-retirement ourselves, or maybe find a new direction.”
Stephen Padgetts Furniture – known to everyone as Padgetts Pine – specialises in custom-built pine and oak furniture. From dining tables to bedside drawers, blanket boxes and beds, the name Padgetts has been synonymous with quality craftsmanship at affordable prices for generations.
Chris and Richard, and dad Stephen, have been familiar faces to customers over the decades, and their colleague Gavin Whelan has been with them almost as long.
Chris added: “We’re really sad to finally be closing the doors, but we’ve all been heartened by the lovely comments on our Facebook page, and from customers coming in to the showroom.
“We’d like to say a genuine thank you to every single person who has supported us over the years, and hope they will pop in before we close in August to enjoy a bargain on us. Some of the biggest discounted items are expected to sell quickly, so we’d say ‘don’t leave it too late!’”