Market Carpets owner: No 'doom and gloom' for carpet industry

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 April 2018

Market Carpets in Withycombe Road, Exmouth. Picture: Google

Market Carpets in Withycombe Road, Exmouth. Picture: Google

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The owner of an Exmouth carpet shop has had his say on the impending closure of a national chain's branch in the town.

Carpetright recently announced that its Liverton Business Park store has been earmarked for closure.

The retailer unveiled plans to cut 300 jobs and shut 92 of its 409 UK stores.

Mike Burch, who founded Market Carpets in 1965, believes that it is far from ‘doom and gloom’ in the industry, saying the firm’s Exmouth branch, in Withycombe Road, has experienced increased sales.

Mr Burch said: “Sales of carpets and floor coverings are not dependent on the internet, with customers preferring to see and feel the products in-store, as well as knowing that their customer satisfaction needs the advice of knowledgeable sales staff and fitters. The carpet trade is a highly technical industry with high standards expected by an increasingly discerning public.”

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