Dolls' house firm sold to online retailer as founder retires [Derby Evening Telegraph (England)]
(Derby Evening Telegraph (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) A DERBYSHIRE firm that makes and sells dolls' houses and accessories is now under new ownership.
Jackie Lee, founder of The Dolls House Emporium, in Ripley, has sold the business to London-based internet retailer MyHobbyStore Retail. Mrs Lee, who founded the High Holborn Road business in 1979, decided to sell because she is retiring. The company employs around 60 people at its 65,000sq ft premises, which includes two retail shops.
The firm's range includes more than 30 dolls' houses and in excess of 2,500 accessories. Mrs Lee, who was chairman and managing director before stepping down, said: "We have developed an exceptional team and systems delivering an outstanding customer experience, for which we have won numerous national awards.
"While I'm sorry to be leaving, I'm also looking forward to having time to pursue other interests." There will still be a family connection at the firm as Mrs Lee's daughter, Amy, will continue to lead the sales and customer service team.
MyHobbyStore's business covers areas such as radio control supplies, model railways, die-cast models, craft supplies and other related hobby products.
It also has a sister company which also publishes a range of magazines.
The firm said it had plans to develop the business. Chief executive Owen Davies said: "We look forward to growing the business and continuing its strong ethos to customer service." The company will continue to be run as The Dolls House Emporium and no plans have been announced to move its operations away from Ripley.
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