June 10, 2021
Award-winning independent retailer KI has six showrooms across Scotland and has an established reputation for luxury kitchens. It operates in the retail and contract sectors, with an 80-strong team of industry professionals.
KI has joined the JDS brand portfolio, which includes MGM Timber, Donaldson Timber Engineering and James Donaldson Timber.
By joining the JDS brand line-up, KI will benefit strategically and operationally from the current JDS complementary manufacturing and trade portfolio. This will support both the existing KI offering and future sector expansion, with an extended suite of luxury options for contract and retail clients.
Commenting on the acquisition by JDS, Gerry Watson, managing director of KI (pictured on right with JDS CEO Andrew Donaldson), said: “Over the past 27 years, we are proud to have grown KI to become a leading UK kitchen brand and are excited that our next growth chapter will be part of the JDS Group. With shared values and vision, together we can provide greater opportunity for all clients, staff, suppliers and brand ambassadors. This will further enhance our combined passion for creating the best kitchens and we envisage clients will, for many decades, continue to enjoy the KI experience.”
The KI brand, staff and showroom will remain unchanged after the acquisition.
Speaking on behalf of JDS, chief executive Andrew Donaldson added: “It is a privilege to welcome the Kitchens International team to our JDS family. We anticipate exciting times ahead both within the kitchen market and its associated interiors, including bathroom and home office. Adding the KI brand to our current portfolio will yield strong synergistic opportunities for both businesses. As always, the most important thing will be people, and we are looking forward to working with Kitchens International across both the board and the full team. Together, as one family, we are well placed to build the KI brand for the future.”
Over the years, KI has been a multiple winner in the kbbreview Retail & Design Awards, including Kitchen Retailer of the Year and Showroom Award for Kitchens.
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