Kitchens Cookshop in Whiteladies Road is closing after 50 years

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A shop which has been trading on Whiteladies Road for more than half a century is closing down.

The first Kitchens Cookshop opened in Bristol in 1968, in Clifton’s Waterloo Street. Douglas Bullock set up the store having outgrown his market stall, where he sold utensils and aprons.

Two years later, in 1970, the retailer expanded opening the Whiteladies Road branch.

Since then, its staff have been helping people stock their kitchens with some of the best cooking goods available.

 

The shop stocks brands such as Robert Welch, Emma Bridgewater, Cuisinart and Joseph Joseph, as well as ranges from ProCook. A closing down sale is underway.

The news comes just months after the shop was revamped, having being bought by Gloucestershire cookware company ProCook.

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Kitchen Cookshop (Image: James Beck/Freelance)

The acquisition took place in April this year. It saved 330 jobs, including 12 roles in the Bristol branch, where some staff had worked for more than 30 years.

Bristol Live has approached ProCook for comment on the store closure and is awaiting a response. It is not known how many jobs will be lost due to the store closure.

 

Speaking at the time of the takeover in April, Daniel O’Neill, owner of ProCook, said the buyout was a “fantastic opportunity” to grow the Kitchens Cookshop and ProCook brands.

He said: “Our focus for Kitchens Cookshop will continue to be on providing excellent value for money, great service and innovative high-quality kitchenware.”

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(Image: James Beck/Freelance)

 

Store manager Rowena Harris, who has worked for Kitchens Cookshop for 30 years, said: “We have many long-standing, experienced staff in the store with extensive specialist knowledge.

“Having an injection of high-quality cookware and kitchenware lines is fantastic news as we can continue our legacy of being the number one destination in Bristol for serious cooks.”

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