Ex-manager reopens store

PUBLISHED: 14:27 21 December 2011

James Moore owner of the new homeware store Mooreways on Exmouth's Liverton Business Park.

James Moore owner of the new homeware store Mooreways on Exmouth's Liverton Business Park.

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The former Homemaker store at Liverton Business Park will reopen on Wednesday 'even better than before'- thanks an entrepreneurial former store manager.

The Exmouth branch closed in June 2010 with the loss of 22 jobs after the national chain went bankrupt.

Now, Exmouth’s former store manager turned entrepreneur, James Moore, has raised £60,000 and is reopening the store as Mooreways.

He has restocked the store and is employing 14 people - including five of his former staff, who had lost their jobs, as well as his 22-year-old son, Lewis.

The opening of Mooreways marks the culmination of a hard year of planning.

He said: “I knew the Exmouth branch was the most profitable in the South West, which meant there was a golden business opportunity for someone.

“That someone, luckily, is me, thanks to the support of my accountant in helping to put together the business plan for the bank and to (landlords) Clinton Devon Estates, who were able to facilitate the lease of the old Homemaker building.”

Mr Moore has re-stocked the store with a wide range of high-quality British furniture and homeware.

● See advert on page 35.

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