A leading plumbers merchant is to expand its reach into the Fylde coast by opening a £250,000 branch in Blackpool.
James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot will open on Mowbray Drive, Blackpool – its first branch on the Fylde coast – in the coming weeks.
Mark Heys, from Marton, is a plumber with 12 years’ experience in the industry, and will manage the 33rd branch of the firm.
He said: “I have helped the firm find the right site here on Mowbray Drive and we have had customers popping in even before we are officially open, which can only be a good sign.”
The 40-year-old’s shop will include a trade counter and a mezzanine level, housing a bathroom showroom, and is to open in the Autumn.
He added: “The plumbing industry has been my life for some time now - from sales through to senior management - but my years in the hospitality sector also provided a grounding in dealing with the public and learning how to provide customers with precisely what they want.”
Bill Davies, sales director at James Hargreaves Plumbing Depot, said: “Blackpool has been on our radar for some time and Mowbray Drive provides us with a great location – very visual and accessible. At 7,000 sq ft and incorporating a bathroom showroom it represents one of our most ambitious branches to date.”