Town’s ‘success’ inspires business expansion

Gordano Carpets have moved in temporarily with PortisBeds, John Lochrie and Rickie Peace.

Gordano Carpets have moved in temporarily with PortisBeds, John Lochrie and Rickie Peace. - Credit: Archant

A PORTISHEAD business owner says the ‘rejuvenation’ of the town centre has inspired his firm’s decision to expand.

Gordano Carpets have moved in temporarily with PortisBeds, John Lochrie and Rickie Peace.

Gordano Carpets have moved in temporarily with PortisBeds, John Lochrie and Rickie Peace. - Credit: Archant

Gordano Carpets moved into the old town library in 2011 when the building was auctioned off, but will now increase its size to help ‘tidy up’ its end of the High Street.

The firm has taken temporary shelter in nearby PortisBeds while the work is done, which will see the store increase its floor plan, bring in new staff and offer a wider range of products.

Gavin Brake, a company director, said: “The High Street in Portishead has been rejuvenated in the last few years to become something really nice.

“What we are doing is part of that redevelopment and tidying up our bit. The building is very old and needed a bit of work, really.

“We have temporarily relocated to PortisBeds, a new business who are good friends of ours, and we will be there for three or four months.


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“We will be taking on more staff when the building is completed. You hear all these stories about high streets that are failing and are full of charity shops and I am investing a considerable amount of money into this; I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t think this would be successful.”

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