New £55,000 cafe to open in Sunderland furniture store

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A FURNITURE retailer has doubled investment in its new-look flagship store.

The Michael O’Connor Holmeside shop closed in November for a £50,000 refit which created three new jobs.

But now the firm has ploughed an extra £55,000 into the project to create a high class 80-seat licensed café, which will be operated by city restaurant group Amore.

The store has a bigger product range to broaden its customer appeal and has been renamed Home Interiors to reflect the change.

Rob Stevens, Michael O’Connor Furniture Joint Managing Director, said: “Both businesses embrace an ethos of offering high quality products allied with top-class customer service, so teaming up with the Amore family to launch a café in our new-look store makes perfect sense.

“This latest development will take the level of investment in our Holmeside store to more than £100,000, which demonstrates the commitment two local businesses have to helping create a vibrant, successful city centre.

“The Home Interiors store looks fantastic, and showcases furniture and accessories in ways that will inspire with the displays illustrating to customers how our ranges can work in their homes.”