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Thriving Furniture Business Opens new High Street Premises

A local furniture business have sought out additional premises to open a second shop allowing significant growth and expansion. 

Published: 11 December 2020

Quay Furniture based in Royal Quays, North Shields and a sister company to Northumbria Flooring based in Blyth (North East retailer of the year award winner 2019) are to open a new store in Ashington, Northumberland.

Quay Furniture, owned by James Cunningham has over 25 years of experience selling furniture and now has a modest head count of fourteen with the majority of staff based and living in the local and surrounding areas. Four new jobs have also been created and recruited from Ashignton as a result of the new store.  

Now, the building on 2-4 Woodhorn Road in Ashington, which stood vacant for two years now, has been leased for three years by the local employer Quay Furniture as part of their expansion plans. They supply sofas, beds, wardrobes, dining sets, and lounge furniture and offer free local delivery and interest free finance is available.

The business has been going from strength to strength and from its current base in North Shields selling everything from sofas, bedroom furniture, beds, and dining room tables and having grown the business significantly they needed additional premises to support their further expansion plans. 

Quay Furniture has leased the 8,435 sq ft open-plan base, where they can take advance of this prominent corner plot location on the high Street and in the heart of Ashington town centre. Quay Furniture opened on Saturday 5th December - having created a modern furniture showroom space and a Covid safe walk around environment for customers and suppliers to see the finish product.

Cllr Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Advance Northumberland and cabinet member for economic development at Northumberland County Council said: “It’s great to see such a prominent high street building that has not been used for some time brought back into use. This new retail offer will add to the shopping opportunities that are already available on our high street and elsewhere in the town, all saving people time and money”.

Lee Farrier, Head of Estates at Advance Northumberland added: “At Advance Northumberland, we are dedicated to supporting businesses like this to grow and thrive. We offer a range of lease terms, together with a professional and efficient service from our team of surveyors, customer service and maintenance”.

James of Quay Furniture said: “We look forward to welcoming the people of Ashington and surrounding areas to help them shop local for all their furniture needs. We are delighted with the new building and we have ambitious plans for it, providing a fantastic base for our furniture showroom”.

With a portfolio of around 164,000 sqm of space, Advance Northumberland provides business space throughout Northumberland, including offices, industrial workshop and warehouse units, suites, business parks and managed workspace solutions.

For more information on Quay Furniture visit: or call 01670 814 333.

If you would like to find out about finding premises in Northumberland please contact the Commercial team at Advance Northumberland on 01670 528 460, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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