A KITCHEN store in Romsey has relocated to a former hotel in the heart of town.

Kutchenhaus moved to the Abbey Hotel site in Church Street and opened to customers on Monday [April l2].

After revamping the ground floor of the old hotel over six months, the business now employs four members of staff in customer services and kitchen design.

The new showroom will provide virtual appointments and use online 3D planning and design tools to create kitchens remotely for customers who cannot come to the store.

The shop is co-owned by Andy Barwell and Paul Turner, who are also opening a new store in Petersfield, and is managed by Jan Lumsten, who has over 15 years’ experience at a major British retailer.

Mr Barwell said the team is "incredibly excited to be opening the new store in Romsey", believing the opportunity to move to a new location couldn't be refused.

He explained: "When the opportunity arose for a larger location just down the road from our previous store, we couldn’t turn it down.

"The new store has larger window space and an enhanced layout, providing customers with a better environment to walk around the showroom.

"We have taken time to install new displays that showcase our latest offering with fantastic designs and modern updates; we look forward to inviting Romsey residents in."

National head of sales and operations for Kutchenhaus, Sean Ford, praised the new store's "vibrant location" and said: “Kutchenhaus is on an ambitious growth path over the next few years, however being in the grip of a global pandemic has certainly presented some challenges and even positively altered the way we do business in some cases.

"It is therefore very rewarding that Andy, Paul and the team are able to relocate and open their new larger store in Romsey, offering local customers the opportunity to plan and design their dream kitchen.

“We are very excited to be part of the new showroom opening in Romsey, a community we believe is in a good vibrant location and is connected well to the surrounding areas. We wish the team all the best and can’t wait to see their future success."

The business will serve customers across a 40-mile radius of Romsey.

A spokesperson from the businesses stressed customers will have "peace of mind" knowing the kitchens they order will now be delivered on time.

They said "minimal disruption [is] currently being experienced to the firm’s supply chain and manufacturing process in Germany".

For more information on Kutchenhaus, visit www.kutchenhaus.co.uk.