Family-owned business Colemans, which sells stationery, office, art and craft supplies, celebrates 50 years in business with the opening of its new Rushden ‘concept’ store.
John Coleman, who founded the business in 1969 and who is now aged 86, cut the ribbon to open the new store on Monday 29 July. His daughter, Joey Patterson-Gordon, who now manages the business, told Stationery Matters that the Rushden ‘concept’ store marks a new beginning for the company.
“Colemans stores have always been located on high streets, and the Rushden branch is the first to open on an industrial estate, next to our Craft Warehouse.”
Colemans has survived and thrived in the face of recessions, competition from large chains and the internet. Due to the particularly difficult challenges currently faced by high-street retailers, Colemans had to close two branches this year, in Wellingborough and Peterborough, but have opened the new store on an industrial estate as part of their evolving business.
Joey Patterson-Gordon continued: “After 50 years in business, we’re changing with the times to give our customers what they want. With the new concept store our customers can park right next to the shop, and there’s even a lovely café in our hugely popular Craft Warehouse next door.
“We’re just off the main Rushden Lakes roundabout, below the newly refurbished Lidl store and next to a Screwfix, whose customers now pop in for their print cartridges and office supplies!”
The Rushden store is managed by Sue Bailey, who ran the now-closed branch in Wellingborough.
The new shop is located at Unit 5, Brindley Close, just off the main Rushden Lakes roundabout, and is open seven days a week.