Kutchenhaus raises funds for charity at opening of new Canterbury store

Left to right: Philip Allen, Lord Mayor Cllr Jean Butcher, Lady Mayoress Di Baldock and Rodney Gaskell

German kitchen franchise Kutchenhaus raised over £500 for charity at the opening event for its latest store in Canterbury.

The event took place on September 16 at the new showroom in St Pauls House, Lower Bridge Street and raised £520 for the Air Ambulance Service.

Guests were treated to freshly prepared food, drinks and live music. Canterbury’s Lord Mayor, councillor Jean Butcher and Lady Mayoress Di Baldock attended the event to cut the ribbon and officially declare the new store open.

This latest showroom for Kutchenhaus is owned by kitchen experts Rodney Gaskell and Philip Allen, who have 50 years’ experience in kitchen design and retailing between them. They also own a second well established and successful Kutchenhaus showroom in Rainham in Kent.

Commenting on the opening of the duo’s second store in Canterbury, Gaskell said: “Philip and I are pleased to take the next step in our journey as business partners, opening our second Kutchenhaus showroom and bringing high-quality, German-engineered kitchens to Canterbury and the surrounding area.”

The Canterbury store has 13 different displays, with appliances from brands such as: Neff, AEG, Caple, Miele, Fulgor Milano, Kaelo and Quooker.

Gaskell continued: “We’re both incredibly passionate about this industry and together we work well as a team. We each have our own skills, and this works perfectly for us. It’s honestly more of a hobby than a job and we see ourselves as lucky as we’re in control of our own destiny. We want to impress our clients from a service point of view and deliver their dream kitchen.”      

His business partner Allen added: “Every day is different, and every client is different, so it’s a very creative job. Our experience means we have years of examples to call on from memory to help us create beautiful new spaces, bespoke for our clients – we’re looking forward to these early months.” 

After attending the opening event, the Lord Mayor said: “It was a pleasure to officially open the new Kutchenhaus Canterbury showroom and to explore the space and chat with guests. An added bonus of the day was the money raised for charity, showing the generosity of those in attendance.  

“It’s fantastic to see a new business open in Canterbury and I wish them every success.” 

Kutchenhaus is owned by German kitchen manufacturer Nobilia.

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