Whartons reduced

Independent furniture business Whartons has expanded its operations into Redditch.

The company, which has been established since 1970, has acquired a 7,000sq ft unit on Palmers Road and will use the facility as a warehouse and despatch depot.

Representing a six-figure investment, it is nearly double the size of the family firm’s former base in Olton, and adds to its existing showrooms in Shirley and Leamington Spa.

Craig Wharton, director, said: “We chose Redditch for its convenience, value for money and easy access to the motorway network.

“We were close to outgrowing Olton and the nature of the location meant we more or less had to transport our furniture through the centre of Solihull which wasn’t ideal.”

Whartons has also confirmed that it plans to launch an online sales operation.