BOSSES at a family-run DIY and gardening store have revealed that their £2 million new site has earned the moniker of ‘Made in Swadlincote’.
The bold claim was made by Peter Massey, owner and director of Masseys, which has moved to a brand new 28,000sq ft shop just yards from its former home in Swadlincote Road, Woodville, after he revealed to the Mail that everyone involved with the project came from within the local area.
South Derbyshire District Council chief executive Frank McArdle has heaped praise onto the project and the fact that the firm has decided to reinvest millions of pounds into the area on the back of work to make Swadlincote and the surrounding district one of the most attractive and fastest-growing places In the country.
Mr Massey said: “Many people have said that the hard work is now all done but in fact, it is only just beginning.
“There has been no negative reaction so far but we are still a work in progress.
“We have taken on nine new members of staff and have 32 on the books in total.
“We are now looking to knuckle down and work hard and make the new store a big success.”
Manager Andy Massey said: “We have made a huge investment and, to use a cliché, the family silver is on the line.
“The new store is cutting edge and is great when you stand out front and look at it .
“It was not a concerted effort to pick all local suppliers but it worked out that way because they offered the best price as well as the best service.”
Frank McArdle, South Derbyshire District Council chief executive, said: “This new store has opened on a gateway into Swadlincote and is a fantastic advert for people coming into the town. The firm has shown its confidence in the area by choosing to stay here and invest millions of pounds.
“By using mainly local contractors, this is a case of a new venture being ‘Made in Swadlincote’.”
The firm had been at its Swadlincote Road site since 1947.
It is holding its grand opening from 10am on Saturday, March 29.