of Highbridge's former George Hotel on track to finish this year
major renovation project to give a new lease of life to Highbridge's
former George Hotel by turning it into a new furniture store is
and Emily Scott, the owners of the former hotel in Church Street,
plan to open 'Sopha', a new furniture store in its place later this
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have been busily working away
behind the hoardings for almost 14 months and despite a few delays
we are still on track to open this summer, well within the one to
two year schedule we set ourselves."
George Hotel closed back in July 2016 and the couple announced their
plans in December of that year, as reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com
building has since been re-roofed and local residents have been
watching the start of the restoration to the Georgian frontage of
scaffolding has slowly been dismantled over the past few months,
the last of which was removed earlier this month, with completion
of external works due to progress during the spring.
added: "We have put a lot of effort into respecting the history
of the building whilst making it fit for a 21st Century furniture
of the external walls have been insulated to a high standard and
the floors of both buildings have been dug down to ensure the new
store is fully wheelchair accessible."
week we have reached the first-fix stage of the electrical installation
within the shop itself. We are now working towards the design of
the wall and floor finishes as well as the design of the lighting
systems. During spring our concentration will switch to completing
the design of our first product range."
construction work includes a new 3,000 square foot extension as
well as full refurbishment of the existing buildings.
estimate that over 13,000 hours of work has been completed on site
to date and there is still a lot to do yet.
and I are really proud of the progress made to the store so far.
We hope it is starting to look like the new gateway store we promised
when we started this project."
would like to say a massive thank you to all those who have contacted
us to voice their support and encouragement so far, along with all
the local tradespeople and businesses that have been involved in
the project thus far."
& Emily, who are well known both locally and within the furniture
industry, say that they look forward to bringing a unique new furniture
store to the people of Somerset.
will specialise in sofas and beds but the couple have teased some
other product offerings for around the home.
couple expect to begin recruitment for positions within the startup
business from late spring this year.
George Hotel is understood to have been built around 1775 as a Coaching
former Tattoo Studio has lain empty for a number of years, having
previously been a newsagent and is remembered by many locally as
the factory shop of the former Highbridge Bacon Factory.