Magnet unveils the first of many new store formats in Stockton-on-Tees

It’s with enormous pleasure that we can finally cut the red ribbon and welcome you to our brand-new Stockton store: the first in a long line of marvellous Magnet makeovers.

The design concept

The approach behind our new store format is simple: to put you – our customers – at the heart of the design. Our aim is to place the power in your hands and ultimately, make your kitchen journey as easy and enjoyable as can be.

And our inspiration came from you.

From the way we’ve assembled our lifelike kitchen displays to our contemporary new design studio and the innovative ways we’ve incorporated samples, our store design team acted on real feedback from real people to create functional spaces and interactive areas that truly reflect the way you want to shop with us.

What’s inside the store?

True to form, we’ve gone full tilt with this design. As a result, the interior of our new Stockton store is both visually stunning and inherently functional in equal measure.

It’s split into a few easy-to-navigate zones, allowing you to move around freely, and easily find areas of the store you’re most interested in. These zones are:

1. Our showstopping displays

As you might expect, the store centres around several beautiful displays – but not in a way we’ve done before.

Not only have we included more kitchens than ever but we’ve also made these sets as realistic as possible, so that you can imagine just how that kitchen might look if you plucked it straight out of our showroom and dropped it into your own space.

We’ve even installed a fully working kitchen which our in-store colleagues can show you around, demonstrating the use of a select few innovative appliances, including an instant boiling water tap and state-of-the-art oven.

We’ve also taken into account how much you love to explore kitchen drawers and cabinets, and we’ve built in a whole host of smart storage solutions, accessibility inventions and interior organisation devices for you to pull out, slide open and investigate – and take inspiration for your own kitchen.

2. The Design Studio

The Design Studio is a self-contained area where you can sit comfortably with your Magnet designer and talk about your kitchen plans while we create your very own 3D design.

We’ve kept this area slightly removed from our kitchen displays, to ensure you won’t be interrupted during your Design Consultation and so our colleagues can deliver a better service to you throughout your time in our store.

If you’re not quite ready to design your kitchen yet and you just fancy a cup of tea and a chat, we’ve provided a few comfy sofas here for you to take a seat and talk through your ideas with one of our friendly store colleagues.

3. The Styles & Materials area

Samples galore! Our Styles & Materials area is as exciting as it is practical. We’ve made it easy for you to sift through our library of door, worktop and handle samples in a curated collection of finishes and styles to help you find the ones for you.

If you’re feeling creative, you can even craft your own mood board in the designated mood boarding area – and find the

4. The Hideout

We know that kids can get bored easily and we also know that finding your dream kitchen can take a little time.

So, while you’re exploring our displays and chatting with our designers, your kids can keep themselves entertained in our dedicated kid’s area, nicknamed the Hideout. Complete with fluffy bean bags, a TV playing kids’ programmes and even a miniature Magnet kitchen for the littlest ones.

Sustainable store design

As a company that prioritise sustainability throughout our product design and our service offering, it was important to us to do the same with our new store formats.

Our aim is for these stores to be carbon neutral and from the very beginning of this project, we’ve taken the utmost care and attention to make sustainable choices and limit our carbon footprint wherever possible – all as part of our ongoing commitment to becoming a more sustainable business. (More on this here.)

Facilities and amenities

This store offers full wheelchair access, additional parking spaces (including two new electric charging points) and upgraded customer toilets. Complimentary teas and coffees provided.

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Starting with Stockton and extending across our entire network of 195 showrooms throughout the UK, development is well underway to refresh, renew and revitalise each and every one of our stores over the next couple of years.

So, keep your eyes peeled for your local Magnet store refurbishment. Or, if you’re ever in the Stockton area and fancy dropping by for a visit, we’d be more than happy to welcome you. Visit Stockton or find your local Magnet store here.

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