Independent East Anglian builders merchant Kent Blaxill has opened a new, larger and more modern branch in Ipswich.
The opening ceremony yesterday (March 13) was performed by Neil Ogilvie, chief executive of the Painting and Decorating Association.
The new 10,000 sq ft store at 5, Trinity Street, Ipswich, has enabled the company to expand its painting and decorating, and glass stocks, as well as add a plumbing and heating department and a specialist designer paints area.
Ogilive told guests, customers and staff: “It is a pleasure to be here today to open this store for a company that has been around for 175 years.”
Kent Blaxill managing director Simon Blaxill thanked branch manager James Park and his staff for the work they had put into preparing the new store. He said: “I am very confident that this new branch will increase Kent Blaxill business in Ipswich.
“There were three good reasons for us to move location, even if it has only been 200 m down the road. Firstly, we are expanding and had outgrown our old premises. Secondly, the more modern fabric of this unit enables us to display products in a more suitable environment.
“Thirdly we are introducing to Ipswich a new part of our business with plumbing and heating being our latest business venture, in addition to decorating and glass materials which we have sold in the town for a number of years.”
The glass department now features coloured glass, glass balustrades and bespoke shower screens. And in the designer paints area, Kent Blaxill is a major stockist of Farrow & Ball, Paint Library and Earthborn eco paint ranges.