A new builders’ and decorators’ trade counter has now been opened in High Wycombe by one of the region’s leading independent suppliers in the sector and makes extensive use of the products and expertise from specialist display and storage system supplier, Polypal.
Housed in a purpose-designed building, the facility is a key element of a new site, which represents the latest stage of an ongoing development plan being undertaken by Grant & Stone. The move is providing the company with more than four times the space of the previous corresponding facility in the town and operates in conjunction with three other outlets in High Wycombe, which focus on plumbing, bathroom fittings and electrical supplies. This specialist supplier now operates some 14 outlets in the Home Counties region.
Polypal’s involvement in the new trade counter installation in High Wycombe includes both wall and low level gondolas, pallet racking, a mezzanine safety gate and innovative pigeon hole racking that is designed to hold large stocks of lengthy material within a minimum footprint. Elsewhere on the site, which has seen Grant & Stone convert a number of existing buildings as part of the relocation project, Polypal racking – including A-frame, pallet racking and cantilever racking – is located at key positions to house a range of materials from timber boards to plastic pipe-work.
“Through our involvement with the National Buying Group, we were aware of Polypal’s involvement in this sector and were able to speak to a number of organisations who already gain from the company’s expertise and systems,” comments Darren House, Grant & Stone Marketing and Design Manager.
“This, linked to the company’s extensive knowledge, design capability and, of course, price competitiveness, made the decision to appoint Polypal for a large element of the storage and display installations clear cut,” he adds.
“The full trade counter fit-out took just four days, with a similar time-frame required for Polypal’s involvement in other areas of the yard,” Darren continues. “As a result, we believe we now have a larger, more efficient and extremely versatile facility – to the benefit of both our trade and DIY customers in the area.”
John Drake, Business Development Manager at Polypal, highlights key aspects of the company’s involvement in the development of the trade counter building project – “Part of our advice, for example, was to take full advantage of the three-metre height of the trade counter area so that displays and stocking to 2.1 metres could be achieved – originally a suspended ceiling was being considered, which clearly would have reduced the available height,” he says.
“Additionally, we were able to use our standard racking systems to create a bespoke design to provide the pigeon hole facility, which has optimised the storage of lengthy materials without unnecessary impact on the available floor area.” John Drake also points out that the storage and display installations throughout are designed to be readily reconfigured, if required.
“Grant & Stone is widely recognised as a major supplier throughout the Home Counties and is acknowledged for the service, products and knowledge that the company is able to provide to its customers,” adds John Youle, Sales and Marketing Director of Polypal.
“We are delighted to have been brought in to work with the organisation on this important new development, and are confident that the resulting facility will meet the company’s stringent targets in terms of efficiency, flexibility and quality,” he concludes.
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