Since 2007, we’ve been helping this family run, Cornish fashion company expand across the South West.
What: Family-run, Cornish fashion company
Where: Expanding across coastal towns on the UK’s south coast
Estd. 1981 in Cornwall. In 2007, started producing their own organic cotton clothing range
The clothing retail sector is a crowded place to launch your own line and gain market share. So the directors wanted locations in popular coastal towns where their heritage and brand fits perfectly with the lifestyle. However, these are some of the most highly demanded retail properties in the UK, with units rarely coming onto the market.
Having assessed the situation, we knew we’d have to unearth off-market opportunities – making cold approaches to existing retailers and landlords. To be effective, we immersed ourselves in the local property markets, undertaking a town-by-town assessment across the South Coast to see where would complement Seasalt’s retailing style. We also went a little out-the-box in identifying new locations. For example, we recommended opening in the Channel Islands and secured a store in Guernsey.
With careful research and strategising – and persuasive negotiation – we’ve been intrinsic in helping Seasalt expand their store portfolio from Cornwall to five new branches, including Salcombe, Exeter and Sidmouth. We continue to dig deeper, open up new opportunities and manage their existing retail property portfolio.
“An expanding retail business like ours really needs expertise like Insight Property’s. It’s not just their vast knowledge of the UK property market and their ability to match locations to your brand. It’s also their tenacity and sideways thinking – getting us into towns and premises that seemed impossible at the time.” – Leigh Chadwick, Director