Our History and Heritage

1947

WE BEGAN IN A HUMBLE STORE IN HOLLINWOOD

We started life as a humble builders-merchants, selling anything from building materials to washing machines.

Even back then, we went above and beyond for our customers. When other stores shut at lunchtime, we opened all day Saturday.

1960's

THE RETAIL REVOLUTION BEGINS!

A decade and a half on, we had expanded to offer our customers a more varied shopping experience, ranging from DIY products and woodcutting, to pots, pans and other lovely knick-knacks and gifts.

IT WAS DURING THIS DECADE THAT WE BEGAN SELLING OUR FIRST PIECES OF FURNITURE

We continued to expand to meet customer demand and in the 60's, we started selling furniture to the public.

1970's

OUR SECOND STORE OPENS ITS DOORS

As word spread and demand grew, we recognised the need to expand even further, and opened another store.

1980's

WE KEEP GROWING! OUR 3RD STORE OPENS

We quickly needed more space for our wide range of building materials, fireplaces and DIY products.

We transformed a former paint works on Wickentree lane into our third store.

1990's

ONE BIG HOME FURNISHING CENTRE

As we continued to grow, so did our ambition. To achieve our goal of becoming a leading home furnishing retailer to create something special, we merged all our stores to create a massive five acre purpose built store in 1991.

 

 

 

 

GOODBYE DIY PRODUCTS, HELLO EMPORIUM AND FIREPLACE CENTRE

We took the difficult decision to stop selling building and DIY products as the growth of the home furnishings market became an exciting opportunity for us to focus on furniture.

2000's

EXPANDING FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM

Throughout the early 2000's we continued to expand rapidly, adding a new bathroom centre and a second cafe in 2000.

We followed this with the addition of a £4m, 67,000sq ft distribution and administration centre adjacent to the store. This further improved customer service by allowing many furniture ranges to be kept in stock.

2006

£1.5M MAKEOVER, PLUS ANOTHER AWARD

A special year, when we scooped the UK Retailer of the year award for fires; rejuvenated both stores; and completely trandformed our Home Furnishing Store with new departments a refurbished cafe.

THE CRESCENT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Our new development brought nursery goods to our store, followed by the opening of the Kitchen Design Centre and our very own Carpet and Flooring Centre.

2006

£1.5M MAKEOVER, PLUS ANOTHER AWARD

A special year, when we scooped the UK Retailer of the year award for fires; rejuvenated both stores; and completely trandformed our Home Furnishing Store with new departments a refurbished cafe.

THE CRESCENT OPENS TO THE PUBLIC

Our new development brought nursery goods to our store, followed by the opening of the Kitchen Design Centre and our very own Carpet and Flooring Centre.

2009 – THE WICKENTREE SERVES ITS FIRST MEAL

Our famous award winning restaurant opened and was an instant success. It offers customers a fine and casual dining choice, making a trip to Housing Units an even better family day out.

FURNITURE OUTLET OPENS FOR EVEN BETTER VALUE

The Crescent welcomed the addition of the Furniture Outlet; a department dedicated to providing exceptional value to our customers.

2010

CROWNED THE UK'S NO.1 DEPARTMENT STORE

This year marked a proud moment in our history as we were officially recognised as the UK's No.1 Department Store.

2011 – AWARDED UK'S NO.1 DEPARTMENT STORE AND KIDS WORLD OPENS

Another successful year was marked with us receiving the UK's No.1 Department Store Award once again. We also opened Kids World, which specialises in kids furniture, toys, clothes and shoes.

NEW WEBSITE. MORE CHOICE.

After a decade of online success, we revitalised our website to give customers an even more enjoyable home shopping experience. Explore thousands of stylish products online at housingunits.co.uk

2017

CELEBRATING 70 GREAT YEARS!

Much has changed over the 70 years since the first site in 1947, but Housing Units still remains a privately owned family business who cares and is committed to providing great service, quality and value. Thank you to all customers, old and new who have allowed this to happen, from all Housing Units staff.

EXPANSION OF OUR DISTRIBUTION CENTRE.

We expanded our Distribution Centre to bring you even more products and further improve our service.

2018 – WAS THE GRAND OPENING OF THE PRIVATE DINING ROOM

In 2018 we elevated our customer dining experience even more and opened the doors to our Private Dining Room. This luxury dining space outside The Wickentree, welcomes parties of up to 16 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner for business meetings and celebrations.

2019 – WE CUT THE RIBBON OF CAFÉ 1947

We refurbished the Hollinwood Café under the new name Café 1947. While the name celebrates the year we first opened our doors, the branding, interior style and menu were given a contemporary design. Browsing our store it’s the perfect pit stop for Prosecco, pizza and more!

ELEGANT LIVING REFURBISHMENT

2019 also saw the revamp of our Elegant Living department with its intake of furniture made from reclaimed timber, giving a totally unique appearance.

WE LAUNCHED OUR NEW WEBSITE

With a whole new look, we made our website easier to use and the perfect place to see even more of what we have to offer.

© Housing Units Limited 1947 - 2022.

Housing Units Limited. Registered office Distribution And Administration, Centre, Tweedale Way, Chadderton Oldham, OL9 7HU. Company registration no. 00445593
Retail store address: Housing Units Retail Park, Wickentree Lane, Failsworth, Manchester, M35 9BA