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Jones Bootmaker trials revamped Gordon Scott fascia

Footwear retailer Jones Bootmaker is trialling a new store format in the Midlands for its branded footwear chain, Gordon Scott.

Its store in Solihull has been given a £375,000 facelift, featuring walnut-stained timber and back-painted glass wardrobes, chrome-finished furniture, textured carpets and limestone flooring.

Gordon Scott, which trades from four stores in Solihull, Notting­ham, Watford, and Windsor, has notched up an 11.6% increase in like-for-like sales in the calendar year to date and is on the hunt for more stores.

Jones Bootmaker, which is on the market with a price tag of £40m, expects to open between six and 10 new stores next year, three of which will be Gordon Scott. Chief executive Ken Bartle said there would be seven Gordon Scott stores by the end of next year.

Gordon Scott shops stock an older brand profile, including Gabor, Timber­land, Barker, Josef Seibel and Ecco.

Jones Bootmaker has recently opened shops in Bath, Southampton and Leicester, with others planned for Aberdeen and Glasgow.

It is also on the lookout for new warehousing facilities in the Eastbourne area to service its growing online business.

Its property agent is Kitchen La Frenais Morgan.

Separately, Bartle said the sales memorandum had been posted to interested parties but there was no further update.

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