Builders merchant Elliotts is to open a new warehouse in Lymington that will incorporate an Elliotts Living Spaces kitchen and bathroom showroom on the first floor.
Elliotts currently has 13 builders merchant branches across the south, but the new £5 million 54,000sq ft site on a two-acre plot on Ricardo Way, Ampress Park, Lymington, will feature the region’s largest drive-through warehouse.
The kitchen and bathroom showroom is on the first floor of the building and will be fully accessible for less able visitors with its own dedicated lift.
Scheduled to open from April 4, with a VIP event on April 7, the new showroom will feature 23 bathroom displays and 13 kitchen displays.
Elliotts Living Spaces manager Victoria Anderson told kbbreview that the existing Elliotts Living Spaces showroom in Lymington will close and transfer to the new building, which she said was more “light and airy” and gives them more space for displays. She added that Elliotts previously had no merchant presence in Lymington.
Anderson further explained that the new kitchen and bathroom showroom was be laid out in a similar way to Ikea with customers being led around a series of room sets. One kitchen display will have a utility room and one will have a walk-in pantry, while on the bathroom side there will be a working Crosswater shower.
Brands featured include Laura Ashley, Stoneham, Neff, Crosswater, Laufen and Roper Rhodes. Anderson said that there would also be displays of Symphony’s Freedom accessible kitchen – a first for Elliotts.
Speaking of the development, managing director Tom Elliott said: “We’re thrilled to be opening our brand-new Elliotts branch in Lymington this spring. Everything from the scale of stock to the layout of the site has been designed with customers in mind. The drive-through concept is all about helping builders get materials to take away as quickly as possible, and we’ll continue to build and improve on what we offer.”
The company said that it had created 14 new jobs in Lymington as well as an additional apprentice. It has also increased its fleet of delivery vehicles with a £300,000 investment, as well as electric forklifts for moving materials around the site.
The new site is only the fourth to house Elliotts Living Spaces showrooms, the others are in Romsey, Ringwater and Fareham.
Elliotts is a family-run business first established in 1842.