Franchise owners Lorna and Roy Easthope have opened the latest Dream Doors showroom in Croydon. At the launch were the couple's family and friends, Dream Door's Managing Director Troy Tappenden, and the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Avril Slipper.
Councillor Slipper said: "I'm delighted to see such an exciting new business open in Croydon. It really is a super shop, with a strong brand behind it. And replacing kitchen doors is such a simple idea, no wonder Dream Doors is growing in this climate when others have sadly failed.
"It is so important to have variety in these smaller local shopping parades. In the past few years the only businesses that seem to open are takeaways and charity shops. People want to shop locally, where they can get to know and trust the business owners. This is great news for Croydon, and I know Lorna and Roy will make a success of their franchise."
Prominently located beside a pedestrian crossing on the busy Shirley Road, the showroom benefits from good passing trade. Mr Easthope said: "Cars are slowing down and stopping outside all day long. The busiest time is between four and five in the afternoon, where hundreds of cars must see our shop front. Local awareness is steadily building, and we've had plenty of people knocking on the showroom door before we even opened. Soon, Dream Doors will be as well known here in Croydon as it is in Gosport, and in all those areas that have had shops for six or seven years. Dream Doors is a big name nationally, and that's one of the reasons I bought into the brand. I know that Dream Doors Croydon will have more kudos than Roy's kitchen ever could."
Published: 13 September 2010
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