Bennetts saved by The Bell
Paul Hurst, owner of Bondholder The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate, has stepped in to keep Derby's much-loved Bennetts brand alive both on the high street and online.
Mr Hurst has secured the fixed assets and goodwill of Bennetts – the world’s oldest independent department store – with plans well underway to create a new retail website showcasing iconic brands from Derby and the UK.
John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby said “We are delighted that the Bennett’s name finally has a future secured. Paul has a successful track record, having rejuvenated the Old Bell and plays a positive role in the city, not least as a Marketing Derby Bondholder. We will be providing what support we can to ensure the world’s oldest department store has a vibrant future.”