A well-known family run flooring retailer is celebrating opening its 30th store in a Northumberland market town.

Franks the Flooring Store has opened a 3,500 square foot store in Alnwick.

It has invested £70,000 in the refurbishment of an existing retail unit in South Road, directly opposite Aldi.

This is Frank’s most northerly store and its 4th in Northumberland, and it has created three full-time jobs for local people.

The store is being run by business partners Gareth Booth and Andrew Birbeck, who also oversee the operation of Frank’s stores in South Shields and Ashington.

Gareth said: “We’re delighted to have been able to bring a new Frank’s the Flooring Store to the wonderful town of Alnwick.

“We are in a fantastic location just off the main road into the town from the A1 and opposite Aldi, and we’re already experiencing excellent footfall.”

The store is selling carpets (including a new high-end wool brand recently launched by Frank’s), laminate, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and artificial grass. It is a ‘showroom’ store, meaning shoppers will be able to view flooring samples and then have the chosen flooring delivered to their homes.

Frank’s Area Manager Mike Spruce said: “Opening the 30th Frank’s the Flooring Store represents a fantastic milestone and we’re pleased that we had the opportunity to do this in Alnwick.

“It’s our most northerly store in the region and now means that we have Frank’s stores stretching from Alnwick to Teesside, with more in the pipeline.

“We’re confident Alnwick will prove just as popular with local people as our other stores have and that it will make a major contribution to the continued success of the Frank’s the Flooring Store brand.”

The new-look store is selling carpets (including a new wool brand recently launched by Frank’s), laminate, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and artificial grass.

Mike added: “This year has been one of the busiest periods in our history, with people concentrating on home improvements due to the restrictions caused by Covid-19.

“This has led to record sales and opening new, high quality stores like Alnwick will only further enhance our reputation and market position as the largest independent flooring retailer in the North East of England.”