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Family-run department store Clarkes of Ripley to expand

A family-run department store in Ripley, Derbyshire, is set to open a second store in nearby Belper in August.

Clarkes to open in Belper

Clarkes to open in Belper

Clarkes to open in Belper

The independent retailer will open a 2,500 sq ft store offering womenswear, accessories and homeware from brands including White Stuff, Weird Fish, Seasalt and Jacques Vert.

The existing 10,000 sq ft store is located at 8-18 Grosvenor Road in Ripley. The new store will be at 30-32 King Street in Belper.

Clarkes of Ripley is run by David Clarke and his sister Deborah Matthews, whose grandfather started the business in 1912 as a tailor.

Clarke said: “We have been trading well, which has allowed us to expand.

“As things are tougher there are opportunities that present themselves in terms of property, which may have been a higher price a few years ago. We think there is an opportunity if you are careful.”

Clarke said he has always liked the town of Belper, which was named the best high street and market town in the UK in November 2014.

The judges in the Future High Streets Forum’s The Great British High Street Competition praised the town for its success in transforming into a go-to destination for both locals and visitors.

“It’s a buzzy town and we hope to have success there,” added Clarke.

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