Menswear business to open Mansfield store after lockdown

Despite spending its first birthday in lockdown, a clothing company has confirmed it still intends to open a new store in Mansfield after lockdown restrictions are lifted

Thursday, 19th November 2020, 5:44 pm

Menswear business Henry George has its flagship store in Ilkeston and has now taken on a long-term lease for a new outlet in a renovated unit in the heart of Mansfield market place.

Owner Luke Slaney described the opportunity as ‘too good to turn down’.

He said: “This is my first year in retail and it’s been eventful so far.

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Menswear company Henry George is set to open a new store in Mansfield after lockdown

"Our Ilkeston store got broken into after one day of trading and then we have had to keep our doors closed for four months throughout the year because of Coronavirus.

"Despite this having an obvious huge impact on our sector, the support we have received from our customers, whether local or countrywide, since we started has been superb.

"So when we came across the Mansfield site, the deal was too good to turn down.”

The family-run and owned business is headed up by operations manager, Ash Allen.

Luke said: “Ash has years of experience in the industry and when he pitched the idea and vision for the business, I was instantly sold.”

The shop in Mansfield will be the company’s first retail outlet outside of its Ilkeston base.

Luke said they were attracted to Mansfield by the footfall and competition of its high street and a demand for their brands and product in the area.

He continued: “The Mansfield shop will be another learning curve for us and we can’t wait to see what the future brings once we all return to some form of normality.”