Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Success Is in the Post

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Success Is in the Post

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Byline: By Karen McLauchlan Evening Gazette

A family firm's plans to expand has led to some first class changes at Yarm's old post office.

Darlington-based household linens business Seymour's has opened its second store - creating ten jobs and transforming the High Street property.

Jeremy Borlant, who runs both stores, said a huge amount of work had been carried out to transform the post office into an up-to-date spacious store.

In fact two letter boxes and the telephone kiosk outside are the only reminders of the building's postal past.

Jeremy said the company had leased the site, which now sells products from across England and Europe.

"We'd been looking for some time for another branch," he explained. "But we wanted something that was a bit different. The site in Yarm was perfect. Both Yarm and Darlington are very individual stores."

Jeremy's father, Seymour Borlant, a former professional singer, decided to set up a market stall after quitting the stage and settling down.

In 1957, he started selling household linens and fancy goods and set out his stall in Darlington every Monday and Saturday.

By the mid-1980s, the firm decided to move into permanent premises over-looking the market place. It has continued to go from strength to strength, now spanning three units.

The Darlington shop stocks a bewildering array of products, from traditional dish cloths, aprons and table cloths to the highest quality bed linen, duvets and pillows - which can be found lining the shelves of premier stores such as Harrods.

The company believes in stocking both modern and traditional. Traditional household items such as dish cloths and aprons, that are hard to find elsewhere, are on sale along with top brands.

All of which means the company has customers across the whole spectrum from budget to designer - with people shopping for a bargain to those who want the best money can buy all coming through the door. …

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