Buying group Associated Independent Stores (AIS) has announced that retailer TR Hayes of Bath is becoming a member of its organisation on 1st January.
TR Hayes was the founder of another furniture buying group, Minerva Furnishers Guild, in 1990.
AIS merchandise director, home, Peter Mallinson, comments: “We are extremely pleased that TR Hayes recognise the value that being a part of AIS will bring and are choosing to join us. They are an extremely well established business with a first-class reputation with customers and within the industry, derived from very strong family values.
"I’m sure that they will fit well as part of our buying group, and not only will they benefit from membership, but bring added quality and strength to AIS overall.”
Peter also confirms that Scope Interiors in Guernsey and Elphicks of Huntingdon are joining AIS in January, and stresses that all of these new members share the same strong values associated with quality independent retailers, as reflected by existing AIS members.
He also commented that he was "especially pleased" that all three retailers showed immediate commitment to AIS-exclusive ranges.