Celebrating its 150th anniversary, JJO has invested £750,000 in the launch of a one-stop trade shop, in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
The bathroom and kitchen furniture manufacturer has acquired a semi-derelict building, in close proximity to its existing facilities.
It will be re-built from the concrete base upwards, around the existing steel structure, and the process will include the removal of asbestos cladding.
When completed, which is scheduled for autumn, the development will be named Marshall House after long-term JJO director Kenneth Marshall, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Joint managing director of JJO Stephen Greenhalgh said: “This trade shop development will put JJO on the map as it will give us a very visible presence on one of the busiest roads in the region.”
He continued: “Had we not already have purchased Victoria works, I don’t think we would have looked at the building, but having that site so close means we already have the transport and management in place for this development. The new premises will also provide a base for our own collection and dispatch service.”
This could include collection and dispatch of its latest Moderna handleless furniture collection.