Independent childresnwear retailer The Pud Store will be expanding across the Midlands in the next few months as Barclays Bank agrees to fund two new stores.
There are currently two The Pud Stores, based in Doncaster and Newark, so the expansion will double the size of the company’s store portfolio.
The process began when the bank approached founder Frances Bishop to see if there were any expansion plans in place. The deal was finalised just four weeks late.
“To have such a big corporation back what you do and understand your vision is amazing,” said Frances.”And it was quite flattering to be approached!”
The first new store to open will be based in Mansfield, which Frances says has ‘been on he rader for a while’. “We are hoping to open by September ready for the Christmas rush!,” she says. “After that we are looking at Lincoln which will hopefully open towards the back end of this year.”