After 120 years of trading, ScS has gone from a single, family run furniture store to one of the UK’s largest sofa and carpet specialists, with 100 stores nationwide.
ScS began trading as a general home furnishings store in Sunderland in 1894, under the name Sunderland Suites Centres, before growing steadily within the North East over the next 100 years.
By the 1980s, the business operated from eight stores in the North East of England, moving from general furnishings to specialising in selling upholstered furniture.
Following a management buyout in 1993, the business began to expand outside of the North East, and focused on establishing ScS as a major UK sofa specialist, operating from larger and more modern stores in retail park locations.
With new management in position, a store extension programme was put in place to ensure continuous expansion of the business and by 2007 ScS had increased to 95 stores nationwide, under the guidance of the company’s Chief Executive Offer David Knight, who was appointed in 2002.
In 2012, following the launch of flooring products at ScS, the company was re-branded ‘Sofa Carpet Specialist’ and a number of operational initiatives were also undertaken, including upgrades to business processes, management information and information technology systems.
These improvements within the business led to ScS Group plc being listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, following a successful initial public offering.
Following this, five more stores were opened, taking us to a total of 100 stores across the country from as far north as Aberdeen all the way down to Plymouth, and we now employ more than 1,400 people across the UK.
Throughout this growth process, we have ensured that the needs of our customers have remained at the core of everything we do, and our mission is to deliver excellent service, value and quality through the passion and care of our employees, that is why all of our specialists are all expertly trained in their field.
We pride ourselves on giving our customers a unique shopping experience allowing them to shop easily in-store, online or by phone, with experienced sofa and flooring professionals on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.