A family-run furniture retailer is opening a bigger and better outlet in Chester this weekend.

Listers Interiors’ 12,000 square feet flagship store opens its doors, close to Asda, on the Greyhound Retail Park at 10am on Saturday (November 14) following a £250,000 refit.

The range includes exclusive collections of furniture, bedding, lighting, homeware, curtains and gifts – with special offers available on opening day.

Mark Lister, one of three family directors, said: “We are so excited to be here in a store of this size as it now enables us to showcase all the ranges and brands that we have wanted to offer for so long.”

Listers Interiors has had a connection with Chester since 1967 when Mark’s father Mike Lister opened his first store in Commonhall Street selling bedding and curtains. Listers moved away for a time but returned to Chester’s Grosvenor Shopping Centre in 2009 where it was based for five years.

A proposed new department store meant Listers had to relocate to Northgate Street but it wasn’t really large enough for all their requirements. The old store closed last Saturday.

Mike Lister retired about 15 years ago. But the family tradition endures as his children Mark, Jason and Claire, all directors, continue to run the firm.

Every year Mark and his brother travel to Vietnam to source the furniture.

Mark regards the new location as ideal being so close to complementary stores in the homeware market. And he says the landlord was keen for them to occupy the new unit as an independent company offering ‘something different’.

The enlarged store employs more than 60 people and has created an extra eight new jobs and work for many local tradesmen. Other shops in the small chain include two outlets in Llandudno and one in Shrewsbury.

For more information on Listers Interiors and to buy online, visit www.listersinteriors.com