Since opening in December 2014 the store has become a hub for the community, well known for hosting charity gin events and wine clubs in the café space.
The space is also used by the community choir, the local theatre group and the store have hosted various other events from fashion shows to arts & crafts clubs.
“Over the 6 years since we have opened we have raised thousands for charity through our café spave and events”. – Store Manager, James Brownless
In more recent months the attention has had to switch awat from events and to serving the community by keeping the shelves well stocked and creating a safe and welcoming environment for customers to shop. The team are proud of the relationships they’ve forged with the locals and cannot wait to welcome community groups back to the store when it is safe to do so!
From Looms to Loaves
The architecture of our Barrowford store, with its distinctive roof shape, owes its design to the heritage of the cotton mill which once stood proudly on the site. Park Mill was erected by John Barrowclough in 1850 to spin cotton by steam, and over the next 80 years the mill was home to various entrepreneurs who took the cotton weaving industry by storm. In 1963 the mill was bought by Victor Hobson who needed to relocate his East Lancashire Towel Company. He remodelled the building into an efficient all electric weaving shed, where he and his son Peter produced high quality towels for 45 years.
By the end of 2009, after 157 years at work, Park Mill finally wove for the last time. At the time of its close, East Lancashire Towel Compant was the last firm in the UK to weave towels. Our store pays homage to its Lancashire industry background not only through the design and architecture of the building, but through various pieces of artwork in the café that depict life at the towel weaving mill. To read the full story of Park Mill, click here.
Cheers to Danny
If you’re a regular in our Barrowford store, then you’ve probably met Danny, our Customer Assistant who’s worked there since the store first opened its doors back in December 2014.
With a passion to join Booths to combine his people skills with serving the local community, he has certainly been a huge asset to the store. Throughout the last year he’s been a positive and upbeat member of the team.
“I love working at Booths and the last year has taught me how important the small things are in life. It’s great to chat to customers every day and put a smile on their face.”
So why not pop down and say hello to the team, Danny will even recommend a tipple of one of his favourite German beers!