Exterior of fenwicks department store, market street, leicester

Independent department store chain Fenwick has announced the appointment of Peter King as its new group finance director.

The former managing director of The Fragrance Shop, Peter worked his way up to the role in 2014 after starting with the company in 2009 as group finance director.

The appointment follows recent news of Fenwick’s Colchester store reopening, which officially launched on 15 September 2016 after investing around £35m into the redevelopment.

The new 120,000sq ft space has been expanded by 50% and will also mark the end of the Williams & Griffin name, which is to be replaced with the Fenwick identity.

Fenwick, which had acquired the Williams & Griffin store back in 2008, said that the redevelopment has created 70 new jobs for the local area, as well as stating that the revamp retains the mix between modern and older architecture.

The 11-strong chain offers a wide selection of furniture, home and fashion items across English-based locations as varied as London, York and its founding city of Newcastle, which dates back to 1882.