Husband and wife forced to close new showroom reopen their doors

Coronavirus made Steven and Hayley Godden shutter their kitchen business in Brighouse after only four weeks - but now they are open once more

Steven Godden with deputy mayor of Calderdale Angie Gallagher at the showroom's launch

A husband and wife team who were forced to close their new kitchen showroom after only four weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak have reopened their doors.

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Steven and Hayley Godden, who have a combined 40 years’ experience in the kitchen industry, opened Inhouse Kitchen Designs in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, in February.

Guests at the launch included deputy mayor of Calderdale Angie Gallagher, and John Fialdini, area sales manager for the Goddens’ partner kitchen manufacturer, Masterclass.

At the time, Godden said: ‘It’s fantastic to be opening a business on the high street and we’ve had an incredible amount of support locally.

‘Brighouse has lots of small businesses and family run shops and they’ve all been really helpful during our fit out and work to create and launch the new showroom.’

Models on display include modern, classic, Shaker and handleless kitchen options, with over 14,000 colour and design combinations.

However, on 23rd March the showroom was forced to shutter its doors along with businesses all over the country after just four weeks of trading.

Like many small retailers, over the past eight weeks, the Goddens have sought out creative ways to keep business going, offering online designs and consultations for new and existing customers.

As stringent lockdown measures have eased, the showroom is finally able to return to business as usual – albeit with new social distancing measures in place – reopening its showroom to the public.

‘This was not the start we anticipated but we are here to stay and will always work to keep our staff and customers,’ said Godden.

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‘We are working to provide existing customers with delivery dates and welcome new customers to come and view our stunning Masterclass kitchen showroom.’