Flooring business set to move into unit vacated by departing hardware store in St Neots

Fishers of St Neots

Fishers of St Neots - Credit: Archant

A family-owned business will move into St Neots following the closure of Fishers hardware store, to bring another independent business in the heart of the town.

Ian McLachlan from Floors by Ian

Ian McLachlan from Floors by Ian - Credit: Archant

Fishers, based in Market Square, will close at the end of the month, paving the way for Floors By Ian Ltd to open a new showroom.

Ian McLachlan, owner, said: “I’m delighted to be able to bring another local independent shop to St Neots. I’ve been working in the industry for more than 30 years, and it’s always been my dream to open up a show room, so to be located on the market square is fantastic.”

The shop will display a large selection of rugs, plus carpet and vinyl roll stock, along with accessories for floors, such as carpet cleaning kits, door mats.

Owner of Fishers Arthur Taylor told The Hunts Post, earlier this month that the hardware business had seen a shape decline in the last three or four years and footfall has dropped dramatically.


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“We thought for a while we could weather the storm, but when we did our projections for the next five years, we just couldn’t see how the business could thrive,” said Mr Taylor who has owned the business for 15 years.

Floors by Ian Ltd will open on May 4, with a celebration including balloons and a cake to mark the occasion.

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Mr McLachlan added: “To celebrate the opening of the shop, I’m running a free prize draw where the lucky winner can win a Free Spa Weekend.”

Anyone who places an order within the first three months of the store’s opening will be entered into the draw.

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