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Race returns to his family roots

Iain-RaceFurniture retailer Iain Race has opened a new store a year after Race For Furniture was bought by Michael O'Conner Furniture after going into administration.

Race has opened a Holmes and Race on Borough Road, Middlesborough – where his grandfather Ernest Oswald Race set up business in 1920.

'There's a long history of being here and running the business and we thought this would be the ideal place to start again. We hope to be able to offer a personal service that no other furniture business offers. One of the partners in the new business is Chris Holmes, who runs a haulage firm, so if a customer wants something delivering to Devon we will do it, if they want us to travel up to Edinburgh we will,' says Race.

'Last year was really difficult when the business went into administration so we have gone back to our roots and started again. Since we opened customers have been coming in and wishing us well and saying it's good to have a furniture store back in the same shop.'

Ian Race is pictured with Michael O'Conner at the time of the Race For Furniture purchase.