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Robert Goddard takes over Northants indie Union

Lifestyle independent Robert Goddard has acquired local rival Union Clothing and its two remaining stores.

Robert Goddard bought and rebranded a Union store in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, in August 2014.

It has now bought the remaining two in Northamptonshire for an undisclosed amount; one 3,300 sq ft unit in Wellingborough and a 750 sq ft shop in Rushden. They will trade as Union Clothing until the autumn before changing to Robert Goddard.

Union was founded in 2010 by Richard Singlehurst and stocks menswear and womenswear brands similar to those in Robert Goddard, including Armani Jeans, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Lyle & Scott and French Connection.

It was due to relaunch its transactional website, Union-clothing.co.uk, later this year. However, a senior member of staff said this plan has been scrapped and the URL will eventually redirect to Robertgoddard.co.uk.

Robert Goddard managing director Oliver Tookman is now working to integrate Union’s six shop staff into the business. Singlehurst will pursue other interests.

Tookman said: “It has always been my intention to expand Robert Goddard when a suitable opportunity arose to buy an existing business or to establish new stores where local regeneration indicated a sound investment opportunity.”

Robert Goddard is readying a 1,800 sq ft store in Corby, also in Northamptonshire, due to open at the beginning of June. This and the acquisition of Union will take its store count to seven, adding to its current locations in Wisbech and March in Cambridgeshire and Spalding, Lincolnshire.

@LukeToddUK

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