Europe’s largest centre of antiques hopes to get even bigger to cope with growing sales, especially from overseas.
The Hemswell Antiques Centre wants to build a new furniture storage building and has applied to West Lindsey District Council to erect the new building on grassland on the Caenby Corner estate, adding to four existing units.
Established in 1986, the centre brings together 400 dealer display areas, and employs 30 staff.
Hemswell Antiques Centre also has a website, which is updated daily and showcases more than 3,000 items. Yet, this only represents 15 per cent of the goods the centre has on sale.
“The antiques business on this site continues to thrive and grow. Much of the current business is from overseas buyers who view and buy the available antiques online and then want them storing to be collected later,” said the application.
A nearby building is also used to store furniture, as well as shipping containers, but this is not good for the furniture. What is needed is a proper storage building which can be temperature controlled.
Marketing manager Jonathan Dilley confirmed the growing overseas demand for English antiques.
“We have everything under one roof. Buyers can look around and go shopping. We can store, arrange shipping, etc. Sometimes they come in (to the UK) especially for us. There’s a lot of antique traders about but we are the largest in Europe,” he said.
The centre won Best Digital Campaign in the Lincolnshire Digital Awards last week.