THE Wooden Floor Store, a Scottish business founded about 20 years ago by Richard Snape and Ross Nicholl, has flagged its appetite for further expansion after opening outlets in Peterborough and Reading.

Highlighting its planned launch of a store in Manchester next month, the business highlighted the creation of up to 12 jobs across the three new sites and its expectation that the openings would boost its annual turnover by between £1.5 million and £2m.

The Wooden Floor Store said further expansion into locations across the Midlands and south-east England, and Wales, was in the pipeline and “anticipated to materialise in 2020”.

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The Reading and Peterborough openings have taken The Wooden Floor Store’s number of outlets to nine.

The business has four Scottish outlets, in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk and Paisley, and two in Northern Ireland, at Belfast and Lisburn. It also has a store in London.

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Director Mr Snape said: “Twenty years ago we started with nothing but an initial investment of £500.”