New chapter for furniture firm as it opens showroom in Bury St Edmunds

Edmunds and Clarke - Sam and Peter at their new store
Edmunds and Clarke - Sam and Peter at their new store
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A new chapter has begun in the life of an independent furniture shop based in Bury St Edmunds, after it opened its showroom on Monday.

Edmunds and Clarke – the new name for The Pine Shop – has opened on the Barton Road Retail Park.

Edmunds and Clarke

Edmunds and Clarke

It follows 36-years of trading from a shop in Southgate Street.

Peter Edmunds said: “It is a big change for me. My dad started the business in 1977 and I took over in 1999.

“The new showroom allows us to have more on display. We had outgrown our old shop.

“It means people can see the individual pieces better .

Edmunds and Clarke

Edmunds and Clarke

“At the old shop some of them were hidden and customers had to to manoevre around them to open a sideboard or look at them in detail.

“We didn’t really have enough room.

“The new showroom also has a lot more parking – the situation for customers parking at the old shop was a nightmare.”

The business had to close for two and a half months while the move took place.

“It is a relief that we are finally in,” said Peter.

He said the move also meant that its workshop and storage are now all on-site

Previously the business had to store items in a number of barns and buildings.

The pine shop move has also seen a change of name to Edmunds and Clarke to reflect Sam Clarke becoming an equal partner.

Sam has been at the shop ever since Peter took over.

“He has been a real asset and as we expanded I needed someone to come onboard. It is the best thing to do for all of us,” said Peter.

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