James Clery Furniture Stores Limerick has been trading from its address on the Dublin Road for over two decades. A family-run business that had traditionally focused on carpets, hardwood and vinyl flooring, the company took a strategic decision to expand its product line to include domestic furniture.
Expand or Relocate?
“We were faced with one of our biggest decisions – relocate to new, larger premises or create additional storage at our current location”, says owner James Clery.
Following a space-analysis of its current premises and the floor area required to hold the new stock (for both retail display and warehouse storage), the company took the decision to remain at its present location and maximise the available space.
We contacted a company called Euromech with a view to maximising the available retail space without compromising the open design of the sales area, necessary for furniture and related products”, recalls Clery.
Euromech designed, manufactured and installed a two-level mezzanine floor with a total floor area of 1,290m². Utilising previously unused overhead space, the mezzanine enabled the creation of 3 new areas within the store:
Ground Floor Retail Area: Carpets, sofas and dining tables
First Floor Mezzanine: Bedroom furniture
Second Floor Mezzanine: Warehousing and general storage
“It was vital that the mezzanine was not only functional, assisting customer traffic between the ground and first floor, but also aesthetic and in keeping with the overall design of the store”, emphasises James.
The design of the main staircase was crucial in this respect and meets both criteria.
Euromech designed a triple-flight high quality stairway at the entrance of the store leading up to the mezzanine level. Attractive glass-infill balustrades were installed within the handrail on the stairs as well as on the open sections of the mezzanine floor. The stair treads were supplied in oak with a special hardwearing, slip resistant insert. All of which combine to make an extremely attractive and durable finish.
“The addition of household furniture to our product range was vital to the future growth of our business, as was the revamp of our existing store. The new mezzanine is the centrepiece of this and I am delighted with the completed fit-out, particularly the staircase which is the focal point for anyone that walks through our doors and certainly makes us one of the most attractive furniture stores in Limerick”, concludes Mr. Clery.
For more information visit the website: www.jamesclery.ie
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