28th November 2017

Glasswells thank customers after major revamp ahead of Christmas rush

Glasswells thank customers after major revamp ahead of Christmas rush

Paul Glasswell, managing director of Glasswells, has thanked customers for their understanding and support through “chaotic” building work after unveiling the second phase of a million-pound revamp.

The Bury St Edmunds-based, family-owned business celebrated their 70th anniversary in East Anglia by undergoing a massive overhaul of their flagship town store in Newmarket Road.

Alongside opening a new premises in Sudbury, owner Paul admitted 2017 had been a busy year as the leading home furnishings chain looks to the future and underlines its commitment to Suffolk.

Mr Glasswell said: “We last carried out big works in Bury St Edmunds in 2003 and while it has stood the test of time, we felt last year’s anniversary was a great chance to look at the infrastructure and carry out some big changes in the store. Our first phase was to hold a big clearance sale in the summer which allowed us to clear a big part of the store. We then started on the second phase around the furniture section, and the layout of this particular area, as well as replacing all the flooring. It has been a bit chaotic at times in store but our customers have always been incredibly loyal to us and I must thank them for their support during this year.”

With the third phase of work planned for next year, when the building’s renowned atrium will undertake an overhaul, Mr Glasswell estimated the entire project would exceed £1 million.

He added: “We have been part of Bury St Edmunds since 1946 and we are very proud of our Suffolk roots. Both in terms of overall cost and the sheer scale of the work, this shows our commitment to this area. We wanted to freshen up for our 71st year and the initial reaction from customers has been very positive.”

Glasswells are looking forward to 2018 & another successful year!

20th November 2017

Charity Quiz Night 2017

Charity Quiz Night 2017

Twenty teams, made up of around 100 members of staff from Glasswells, met in the in-store Place to Eat restaurant to battle out for the coveted title of Quiz Team Winners 2017. Now in its ninth year, the annual quiz has raised thousands of pounds for many different local and national charities.

The evening was organised by Richard Ball, Glasswells Buying Director, who explained “We all look forward to the annual quiz night. We are delighted to have raised such a huge amount of money for a very worthwhile charity and I cannot thank the staff enough for their generosity.” There were two winning teams this year, with each played winning a bottle of champagne for their efforts! 

This year the money raised went to St Nicholas Hospice, and we were very pleased to be able to donate £1050 to this very worthy cause. 

Thank you to all staff who came to the quiz, and especially to Richard, without whom none of it would have been possible. 

4th October 2017

Bury St Edmunds Refurbishment

Bury St Edmunds Refurbishment

The refurbishment works continue at our Bury St Edmunds store, with huge numbers of partition walls being added to create beautiful room sets in our showroom. 

Watch this space for brilliant offers on brand new furniture ranges as more of our shop floor is completed!

18th September 2017

Charitable Donation

Charitable Donation

Glasswells were incredibly pleased to be able to offer a donation of £600.00 to the Over The Rainbow Children's Charity in Ipswich last week.

A member of staff who has recently had a baby girl needing specialist equipment, had it provided by the charity. We are all so grateful for the work they do, and are happy to be able to donate when we can. 

Over The Rainbow is a much needed support system for families with children living with serious illnesses or disabilities. They offer financial support or fun family days out to these brave children. 

If you would like to donate, please click here & feel free to share the link! The team is made up of purely volunteers & they rely solely on donations from the general public & organisations to keep up their vital work.

14th September 2017

Glasswells Sudbury Store

Glasswells Sudbury Store

Glasswells is coming back to Sudbury!

We are excited to announce the opening of a discount furniture outlet store later this month on North Street in Sudbury, making use of the vacant premises left by Sports Direct closing in July.

Glasswells first came to Sudbury in 1979 and traded in the town for thirty years.  We have taken the opportunity of this vacancy to reopen a store in the town, which will be run by husband and wife team, Peter and Rosemary Woodward, who both worked in the original Sudbury shop and are coming out of retirement to do it all again. Peter and Rosemary are Sudbury people through and through and, before joining us in 1987, Peter worked in his family furniture store, Head and Woodward, on Market Hill.

The discount furniture store will sell items for every room in the house - beds and bedroom furniture, as well as dining tables, chairs and upholstery. Everything will be available for quick delivery at highly discounted prices, many on a first-come first-served basis, but there will also be some repeatable, special order options to allow our customers to choose fabrics and colours to match individual colour schemes.

Paul Glasswell, Managing Director, added “We look forward to having a store in Sudbury again for the foreseeable future and we are confident it will be a great success with Rosemary and Peter in charge.” 

Peter & Rosemary Woodward, pictured above) will be returning to the Sudbury store where they worked from the 1980's onwards. 

Sudbury district councillors Simon Barrett & Sue Ayres are welcoming the return, and Mrs Ayres has said I am chuffed to bits that they are coming back – it is fantastic news for Sudbury. It is just what Sudbury needs and I am sure it will be a big draw.”. Mr Barrett believe that the return of Glasswells to Sudbury shows the popularity of the town. “People are so easily negative, but the empty units don’t remain empty for long...There is a lot of confidence in Sudbury. Glasswells will fill a gap in the market and they are big local company who people want to visit."

It is anticipated that the store will open by the end of September, but please watch local press, social media and store posters for more information, and will trade for three days a week, Thursday through to Saturday.

11th September 2017

Glasswells Awarded 'Retailer Of The Year' 2017!

Glasswells Awarded 'Retailer Of The Year' 2017!

Glasswells are proud to announce that we have been awarded AIS Retailer of the Year again! 

The annual awards were presented at the August Furniture & Furnishing Accessories Show last month.
There are Gold Standard awards for both Upholstery & Cabinetry, and three categories for Member Of The Year.

In the upholstery merchandise category, this year’s award went to Alstons Upholstery for the fifth time in the last six years, with Parker Knoll voted in second place, & Celebrity in third. In the cabinet category Baker Furniture was voted Supplier of the Year, with second & third places going to Classic Furniture and TCH respectively. 

The Member of the Year award for the larger turnover group was split once again into single store and multiple store retailers. It is the ultimate reward for AIS members, as it is voted for solely by other AIS members.

The Multiple Store Winner for 2017 was Glasswells in its 70th anniversary year, with Alan Ward in second place and Sterling Furniture in Scotland voted in to third. Fishpools in Hertfordshire was voted as the Member of the Year in the single store category with Roomes coming a close second and Housing Units of Manchester achieving third place. In the smaller turnover group, Ward Brothers, based in Doncaster was voted the winner in its very first year as an AIS member ahead of Eyres of Chesterfield in second and Beadle Crome Interiors in third place.

Merchandise director for AIS Home, Peter Mallinson said: “The competition for both Member of the Year and Supplier of the Year was a strong as I have ever known. As far as the Gold Standards was concerned, I was delighted with the results as the criteria for winning the awards had become much more stringent over recent years, reflecting the need to ensure that wherever possible, we as an industry exceed customer expectations."

This award comes just as we are having our huge 1 million pound refurbishment at our Bury St Edmunds store. We would like to thank everyone that voted for us, and we are confident that we can continue to serve our customers in the best way possible in years to come. 

8th September 2017

Tour Of Britain

Tour Of Britain

This year's Tour Of Britain once again passed by Glasswells this morning!

The Tour of Britain is a multi-stage cycling race conducted on British roads, in which participants race across Great Britain to complete the race in the fastest time.

Stage Six of Britain’s premier road cycling race is taking take place entirely within Suffolk, a first for our county, starting in Newmarket & ending in the centre of Aldeburgh, on the Suffolk Coast, with the race again sponsored by Suffolk brewer Adnams.

Among other towns who can look forward to welcoming the world’s top professional cyclists during the 183-kilometre stage this September are Mildenhall, Eye, Framlingham and Woodbridge.

7th September 2017

Charity Cake Bake

Charity Cake Bake

This year we are taking part in the Jacobs Allen Accumulator Challenge again, and one of our chosen activities is a weekly cake bake!

This week Gifts & Lighting buyer David Warren has donned his pinny in the name of St Nicholas Hospice & brought in chocolate crunch & some savory cheese straws.

Both items went down extremely well with staff, and we are looking forward to next week's efforts!


31st August 2017

Newly Refurbished Hammonds Concession

Newly Refurbished Hammonds Concession

The Hammonds concession in our Bury St Edmunds store has recently undergone a complete

In line with our own refubishment programme at our Bury store. Hammonds have also had a big refurb and looks very impressive and well worth a visit!

They have brand new displays, as well as an 'Inspiration Wall' including a touch screen range presenter.
This has been fitted to help customers become more aquainted with the new Hammonds collections, &
be able to better visualise them in their homes. 

From the super contemporary Elkin cashmere gloss, to more classicly styled ranges such as Libretto
avola white
; the new ranges, styled with beautiful soft furnishings from Glasswells, provide customers
with even more choice and inspiration for their homes. Additionally, we have the 
Vigo in dark pine
Harpsden in rich praline and Willoughby light oak on display.

Take advantage of great savings with Hammonds with 20% off, plus an additional 10% off fitted
Hammonds furniture. You could also Book a design visit to speak to a Hammonds interior designer
& see the benefits of fitted furniture in your home. Alternatively, download the Hammonds brochure 
to explore all of their fitted bedroom & home office furniture. 

Once you've chosen your new bedroom, why not take advantage of the Glasswells Bed & Bedroom
to kit out your room with luxurious new bedlinen, throws, curtains, pillows & duvets. With up
to 30% off, there is no better time to buy! 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to give us a call on 01284 829111!

30th August 2017

Orla Kiely Towel Set Winner

Orla Kiely Towel Set Winner

Congratulations to the lucky winner Sarah, who has been chosen out of over 8200 entries, to win a set of Orla Kiely towels worth £118.00 the latest Glasswells competition!


Available on our website, you can add a touch of luxury to any bathroom with this towel range range by Orla Kiely. They are made from 100% cotton with a deep pile and Jacquard weave.

Face cloths, hand towels, bath towels and bath sheets are all available in the collection. This collection makes a fabulous gift idea for the fashion conscious and a welcome addition to any bathroom.

Glasswells competition prize june

Our competitions are easy to win, and with multiple ways to enter, it really is easy to increase your chances of a freebie! Simply fill in a few details for one entry, and follow us on Facebook/Twitter accounts for more entries! Refer other entrants using your personalised link to obtain yet more free entries. There really is nothing to lose.

Make sure to keep checking our FacebookTwitterInstagram & Google+ accounts for details on upcoming & current competitions.

What would you like to have as our next competition prize? Send us a message on any of our social media accounts with your suggestions!

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