The former Homemaker branch in Exmouth, Devon has been reopened as Mooreways by its former manager, James Moore.
Moore raised £60,000 to reopen the store after a year of planning. Five of the 14 employees are former colleagues.
'From my four years as manager, I knew that the Exmouth branch was the most profitable store in the South West region which meant there was a golden business opportunity for someone. In a similar way to the Woolworths revival in Dorchester, Dorset, the revival of Homemaker as Mooreways in Exmouth demonstrates there is another way of running a high quality furniture store – as an independent business,' says Moore.
'Customers can expect a similar style and product range to the one they had at Homemaker – only better. I have brought high quality, branded products into the business so that people can feel confident about what they're buying.'
The store was part of the Virgo Retail group that failed in May 2010.