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All Change at Poores | Chorleywood Magazine

All Change at Poores

Posted On July 14, 2014
July 14, 2014

Image 1 ImagePoores of Chorleywood has been taken over by Lords of Notting Hill

“Lords has a significant presence in the housewares market and has been building a strong reputation as an innovative housewares retailer.” says John Welch, Marketing Manager.

The company also owns builders merchants in Hayes and Park Royal.
“In due course we will be able to offer a large choice of building materials to our customers in Chorleywood. Like Poores, Lords is a family owned business known for its professionalism, innovation and customer service since 1985. Over the next few months you will see changes in the style of the store and an increase in the choice of products available at this branch.

Changes are slowly taking place. Staff have a new blue uniform and music is being played in the store. There are rumours of a new look store sometime in early 2015.

Manager Mark Duffy has moved to Devon and Anthony Forshaw, former Assistant Manager, has become the new manager.



Mark Moves On

poores boysMark Duffy (far left) is making for hardware pastures new and soon moves to North Devon to run his own shop  in Torrington.

“I have always wanted to run my own business” says Mark, “and when the company changed hands, the time seemed right.”

Mark who was Manager, has been with Poores for 32 years, 26 of them at Chorleywood, and started working with Anthony Forshaw in the shop twelve months in. Anthony, who was Assistant Manager, is now at the helm

“ I will miss everybody in the shop and the customers who have been so loyal but I am looking forward to working for myself for the first time.” says Mark, “I have bought a fantastic shop that’s about a third of the size of Poores from a guy who has had it for thirty years – I found it on the internet and we have bought a house about 5o yards away!”

“ I’m sure we will see more of our boys who both live in London.. they will be prefer to come to Devon for a weekend than Aylesbury!”

As for Anthony, he often heads to the West Country for holidays and fully intends to keep in touch with his long term workmate.

“ It will be very different but we will be still in touch –  he won’t get rid of me that easily.”


  1. Erica Bendall   17/07/2014 7:18 pm / Reply

    Best of luck to you Mark – you have always been the best when it comes to customer service – your will be sadly missed .

  2. best of luck from ireland   09/02/2015 5:06 pm / Reply

    Wishing you and family good fortune in devon and may drop in when passing I will be known as uncle Joe

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