Schoolwear success in Southport
Whittakers Schoolwear celebrates successful first year’s trading in Southport.
By Laura Turner
26 May 2015
After one year of trading in Southport, Whittakers Schoolwear is celebrating record-breaking success.
The shop, formerly Rawcliffes, was acquired by Lancashire firm Whittakers Schoolwear when the owners of Rawcliffes went into administration.
Since the acquisition in May last year, the Southport branch of Whittakers Schoolwear has gone from strength-to-strength – saving local jobs, protecting a large, landmark town centre retail site and breaking previous sales and footfall records within its first year.
“Recent visitors to the shop have been surprised to see how much we have invested in and changed the store,” says managing director John Hutchinson. “It shows our commitment to the Southport branch and is a mark of its success. Customers have noticed we are now able to hold more stock, and a wider range of products, while still holding true to our belief in ‘quality and value’.
Sales director Bradley Hutchinson adds, “The Southport branch has continued to increase the number of local schools it serves. It also brings customers into the town from Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and Liverpool – which is good news for Southport’s town centre.
“With more local schools waiting in the wings to be served by Whittakers Southport, we are justifiably proud of its first year success. It’s great to be part of a good news story.”
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