Morayshire retailer Grampian Furnishers is moving from its original building in Lossiemouth to a purpose-built 30,000 sqft store – triple its current square footage – on the edge of Elgin’s main commuter route on the A96.

The family business, which currently employs 14 people, plans to recruit six new staff over the next six months following the opening of the new store.

The move comes as the firm reported an increase in annual turnover over the past several years, prompting the owner to secure a new location for the business. The £3.5m project was funded by Bank of Scotland and the firm’s own capital, allowing Grampian Furnishers to acquire two acres of land, install a new access road and build the two-story building with coffee house.

Director Royce Clark says: “I took over the company 20 years ago from my father who established the business in Elgin back in 1975. I felt it was time to expand our offering as our loyal customer base, and the demand for our products has increased YoY. Because of this, we had really outgrown our existing premises. However, due to the lack of availability of suitable buildings, the only viable option was to build our own showroom.

“Getting planning permission wasn’t straightforward, but all the effort has been worth it. Thanks to the Bank of Scotland, we’ve been able to secure the site at the gateway in Elgin which has great visibility and a high volume of passing traffic on the A96. The road’s easy access will also hopefully lead to attracting more customers to our new store.”