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Our History and Heritage

1947

WE BEGAN IN A HUMBLE STORE IN HOLLINWOOD

The store you know and love started life as a humble builders merchants selling anything from building materials to washing machines.

THE RETAIL REVOLUTION BEGINS!

Even back then we went above and beyond to please our customers. When other stores shut at lunch time, we opened all day Saturday.

MORE PRODUCTS. MORE CHOICE.

We quickly expanded to offer customers a more varied shopping experience, ranging from DIY products and woodcutting, to pots, pans and other knick knacks and gifts.

WE BEGIN SELLING OUR FIRST PIECES OF FURNITURE IN THE 1960S

We continued to expand to meet customer demand and in the 60s. we started selling furniture to the public.

1970

OUR SECOND STORE OPENS ITS DOORS

As word spread and demand grew, we recognised the need to expand, and opened another store.

1980

WE KEEP GROWING! OUR 3RD STORE OPENS

We quickly needed more space for our wide range of building materials, fireplaces and DIY products. We transformed a former paint works on Wickentree lane into our third store.

1990

ONE BIG HOME FURNISHING CENTRE

As we continued to grow, so did our ambition. To achieve our goal of becoming a leading home furnishing retailer to create something special, we merged all our stores to create a massive five acre purpose built store in 1991.

EVEN THE RECESSION COULDN'T SLOW US DOWN

The new store was a roaring success and we quickly needed more staff to cope with demand. Before long we added another store on the same site.

GOODBYE DIY PRODUCTS

Hello Emporium and Fireplace Centre. We took the difficult decision to stop selling building and DIY products as the growth of the home furnishings market became and exciting opportunity for us to focus on

2000

EXPANDING FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM

Throughout the early 2000's we continued to expand rapidly, adding a new bathroom centre and a second cafe in 2000.

We followed this with the addition of a £4m, 67,000sq ft distribution and administration centre adjacent to the store. This further improved customer service by allowing many furniture ranges to be kept in stock.

2006 – £1.5M MAKEOVER, PLUS ANOTHER AWARD

This year Housing Units was special for a few reasons. We scooped the UK Retailer of the year award for fires and rejuvenated both stores with a new cafe, new departments and completely transformed the Home Furnishing Store.

THE CRESCENT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Our new development brought nursery goods to our store with the introduction of "Coo Chi Coo". This was followed by the opening of the Kitchen Design Centre and our very own carpet and flooring centre.

2009 – THE WICKENTREE SERVES ITS FIRST MEAL

Our famous award winning restaurant opened and was an instant success. It offers customers a fine and casual dining choice, making a trip to Housing Units an even better family day out.

FURNITURE OUTLET OPENS FOR EVEN BETTER VALUE

The Crescent welcomed the addition of the Furniture Outlet; a department dedicated to providing exceptional value to our customers.

2010

CROWNED THE UK'S NO.1 DEPARTMENT STORE

This year marked a proud moment in our history as we were officially recognised as the UK's No.1 Department Store.

2011 – AWARDED UK'S NO.1 DEPARTMENT STORE AND KIDS WORLD OPENS

Another successful year was marked with us receiving the UK's No.1 Department Store Award once again. We also opened Kids World, which specialises in kids furniture, toys, clothes and shoes.

NEW WEBSITE. MORE CHOICE.

After a decade of online success, we revitalised our website to give customers an even more enjoyable home shopping experience. Explore thousands of stylish products online at housingunits.co.uk

2017

CELEBRATING 70 GREAT YEARS!

Much has changed over the 70 years since the first site in 1947, but Housing Units still remains a privately owned family business who cares and is committed to providing great service, quality and value. Thank you to all customers, old and new who have allowed this to happen, from all Housing Units staff.

EXPANSION OF OUR DISTRIBUTION CENTRE.

We expanded our Distribution Centre to bring you even more products and further improve our service.

2018 – WAS THE GRAND OPENING OF THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM

In 2018 we elevated our customer dining experience even more and opened the doors to our Private Dining Room. This luxury dining space outside The Wickentree, welcomes parties of up to 16 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner for business meetings and celebrations.

2019 – WE CUT THE RIBBON OF CAFÉ 1947

We refurbished the Hollinwood Café under the new name Café 1947. While the name celebrates the year we first opened our doors, the branding, interior style and menu were given a contemporary design. Browsing our store it’s the perfect pit stop for Prosecco, pizza and more!

ELEGANT LIVING REFURBISHMENT

2019 also saw the revamp of our Elegant Living department with its intake of furniture made from reclaimed timber, giving a totally unique appearance.

WE LAUNCHED OUR NEW WEBSITE

With a whole new look, we made our website easier to use and the perfect place to see even more of what we have to offer.

Trusted 2020
© Housing Units Limited 1947 - 2019.

Housing Units Limited. Registered office Distribution And Administration, Centre, Tweedale Way, Chadderton Oldham, OL9 7HU. Company registration no. 00445593
Retail store address: Housing Units Retail Park, Wickentree Lane, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 9BA