Interiors firm Fultons to reopen Lurgan store
High-end interiors firm Fultons Fine Furnishings is making a comeback following its collapse during the financial crisis, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.
Former furnishing tycoon Cyril Fulton said he hoped to reopen a store in Lurgan in July.
Once a name synonymous with the very best in home furnishings and well-known for its luxurious showrooms, its flagship Boucher Road shop featured a pianist, marbled floors and its Hawthorne restaurant.
Mr Fulton said the showroom represented a "substantial investment" but would not clarify the exact cost of the new premises.
He added: "It'll be reconstructed up to the level you would expect from Fultons. It'll be much smaller so there won't be enough room for the pianist, but we will still have a restaurant. We do know we have a very strong following."
The Fulton name was highly regarded as a Northern Ireland success story right up until the stores' sudden closure.
Lurgan-based Fultons had traded for 50 years and employed around 60 people at its peak.
The business consisted of two outlets at Balmoral Plaza in Belfast and another at Queen Street in the Co Armagh town, from where the company started.
Fultons Fine Furnishings went into administration almost four years ago when First Trust Bank appointed administrators to the company.
However, known for his attention to detail and style, property developers continued to trust Mr Fulton's eye for design and he remained busy.
Mr Fulton's latest project for Fraser Houses will be interior design for the Rivenwood development, a 1,000-home scheme, which will be the largest housing development to be built in Northern Ireland in a decade.
Mr Fulton added: "We are absolutely delighted to be involved with Fraser Houses (on Rivenwood).
"It's a fabulous development and a very good timing for us."
The new store is currently under construction on the same site as the former 60,000sq ft Fultons show room on Queen Street and will have around 12,000sq ft of retail space.
Glyn Roberts, Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association chief executive said he hoped the news would encourage others to try again when it came to business.
He said: "It's great news to see an independent retailer bouncing back when we have had so many bad headlines with independent retailers closing.
"When any retailer closes it's always sad news and means less footfall for the surrounding shops, but sometimes we need to take a leaf out of the Americans' book when it comes to business.
"If you fail in this country people say that's the end, but Americans have the view that it's fair play for giving it a go.
"We need to get that attitude to business here."