Stagecraft gives Beccy room to grow
Beccy Soper has seen footfall and sales increase after transforming a greengrocers shop into a tasteful country store.
Beccy, 40, took over the small shop in the upmarket Hampshire town of Stockbridge in 2007, having worked there since she was 18 and her decision to go for a total refurbishment has certainly paid off.
Lack of space has always been an issue for Becky as the shop only measured 7 x 4 metres and restricted her plans to carry more stock. With the help of leading UK design and shopfitting company, Stagecraft, she has been able to maximise space, as well as give the shop a much more traditional feel.
Beccy said: “The building is grade two listed but with the relevant planning permissions we were able to completely gut the shop, knocking down a false ceiling and stud walls to expose the original oak beams and joists right up to the eves. Now the shop has a much more natural look by using oak and pine fittings.”
Tom Davis, Stagecraft’s Managing Director, said: “Our experience in fitting out farm shops, which are often sited in old buildings where space can be at a premium, has certainly paid off with this work.”
Stagecraft recommended lots of slatwall shelving in natural wood to provide Beccy with numerous stocking options and as part of the design they included an oak shelf situated at a height of seven feet right around the interior walls.
“The shelf is as good as a stockroom. I put all my bottled items on it and it looks extremely attractive. My customers love the new look, they say it’s a much more pleasant environment” added Beccy.