THE Thatchers name will be back in retail action again on Boxing Day.
The popular Huddersfield shop Thatchers Furnishings Ltd shut down in the town centre after it went into administration in the autumn.
But a new company has now been formed and will start trading from a former mill opposite the Great Northern Retail Park on Leeds Road, Huddersfield.
Managing director Darran Chappell said it was a totally new company called Thatchers of Huddersfield Ltd.
Anyone with outstanding financial issues with Thatchers Furnishings should contact the administrators.
Mr Chappell got the keys to the building a week last Friday and has been redecorating. Stock is now arriving daily and more will be coming in January.
The company will be selling home furnishings, furniture, sofas, bedroom furniture and carpets and will be open six days a week from 10am to 5pm and on Sundays.
Mr Chappell confirmed that three or four staff from the closed town centre store would be joining him and said there would be old favourites for customers but also some more modern and contemporary stock.
“I have a love of the industry,’’ he said. “I have worked in it for 25 years and was eager to get back. It’s a smaller operation on one floor rather than the town centre that had six separate showrooms.’’
When Thatchers ceased trading in Huddersfield town centre 20 jobs were lost after “strenuous” efforts to sell the Dundas Street business failed.
Administrators Begbies Traynor were appointed to the business on September 22 and the company finally shut on October 8.
The original Thatchers was founded in 1940 by John Herbert Thatcher who had been a carpet fitter. It began in Queen’s Mill Lane before moving into larger premises in Albion Street at the end of the 1940s.
It moved to its present premises in the early 1960s. Trevor Chappell joined the business in 1954 as an apprentice, took over in the late 1960s and was succeeded in turn as managing director by his son Darran.