April 23rd, 2011
A bit of gossip today is that Bed Shed are closing their bed superstore in Uddingston.
Everyone on the Birkenshaw Trading Estate, including us at Archers Sleepcentre are speculating who is going to move in to take over the lease.
The consensus is Oakfurnitureland. They only have 4 stores and not one north of Chester and Stockport, which does seem a long way away. But we saw a job advert for a Glasgow manager and the estate burger van heard that it was Oak Furniture Land. They would be a great complement to the …continue reading : Oakfurnitureland coming to Glasgow?
April 22nd, 2011
Sealy do come up with some real mouthfuls for the names of a mattress: for example we have the “Essentials Support Regular” and “Essentials Support Firm”. You probably get the idea. Essentials means budget, support means support, regular means soft, and firm means hard.
So you could call these mattresses: Sealy Cheap Mattress Soft and Sealy Cheap Mattress Hard. Do you think they might give me a job as chief name caller?
Anyhow we got Sealy to do a …continue reading : Sealy Essentials Support Regular and Firm Mattresses
April 22nd, 2011
I announced last week we had reduced the double Sealy Memory Support mattress from £399 to £249 and the Kingsize Memory Support mattress from £449 to £299.
Today I announced an increase of £50. Why? We only had 240 and the response has been unbelievable. We sold almost half in one week and, truth be told, the Memory Support at this price has stopped any other mattress from selling.
It’s profiteering I know but …continue reading : Cheapest UK Sealy Memory Support Mattress
April 11th, 2011
A man from Sealy phoned me up last week and said “I have the deal of the millennium for you.” “We have 600 Sealy Backcare double mattresses at more than 30% off. They are going to go like hot cakes.”
What you going to do?”
Well I bought the lot.
I am pleased to say that …continue reading : 600 Backcare Elite mattresses for sale at bargain prices
April 2nd, 2011
Isabell does her best to be the Rottweiler receptionist, but sometimes she goes all cuddly and let’s a call through. This call was from Black and White Advertising Agency wanting to help us on our quest to take over the bed world. They had put the Bed Shed on the map and now it was our turn.
Well how could I say no? And the coincidence was that Ian Stewart from Black and White, myself and Craig Russell from the Bed Shed all had worked at Durham Pine. At the very least we could compare notes on what went wrong …continue reading : Black and White Sell Beds for Bed Shed
March 19th, 2011
Silentnight have rejuvenated themselves in true Dr Who fashion. Miracoil has transmogrified into Miracoil 3 and Miracoil 7. And with great success.
We took a trip down to Salterforth last month to visit chief guru, sales director and bed android, Graham Butterfield. Ably supported by his young sober attache Stuart Law he explained to us what …continue reading : Best Silentnight Miracoil 7 Mattresses
March 19th, 2011
Over the last 6 months I have been scratching my head what to do with our internet team. They have been working out of that toilet at Auldhouse for a couple of years now, and any day they are going to start to smell.
You just can’t fit 7 people, a computer, a telephone and 653 beds and mattresses in a ladies and a gents.
So I am pleased to announce a solution. We are going to move to …continue reading : New Bed Shop at Hillington
February 27th, 2011
I was strolling down Glassford Street at Christmas looking for Specsavers. And what did I bump into, but a new bed shop opening slap bang in the middle of the grottiest shopping street outside of Mumbai.
I pressed my nose against the glass, my eyes started to water (the glass was very cold). What nutter would open a bed shop in Glassford Street? I spotted the blue carpet rolls and realised – it was Dreams.
On I went to get my eyes tested. Never had glasses before, but while squinting at our very small …continue reading : Dreams Beds open in Hamilton, Nether Auldhouse and Glassford St, Glasgow
January 12th, 2011
I’ve been reading The Cyclists Training Bible, by Joe Friel, over Christmas and an interesting analogy came to mind. It takes 7 years to train a cyclist. From the unfit, pot bellied bar fly in Kilmarnock to the lithe, super tanned maillot jeune of the Tour de France. It’s possible Billy, so the Bible says. You can do it.
And so I have been looking at our progress on the internet, from our original site designed by Yellow Pages in 2004 ( I had the hots for the Yellow Pages sales girl back then) to what we have now in 2011. From a sit-up-and-beg …continue reading : Record UK Internet Bed Sales
December 18th, 2010
Sealy Beds kindly invited Archers to visit their UK factory in Aspatria and followed by a sleepover in the Ladores Falls Hotel, Keswick.
Eight hardy souls left our snow bound Great Western Rd store at 10am, all provisioned up and expecting a long and slow 118 mile trip to Sealy. The M74 had been closed the day before and like a Top Gear episode, there was Wee Donna in her Mini Cooper versus Big Archie in his Nissan Almera – who would make it down first?
Enough to say the boys in the Almera ate …continue reading : Sealy Beds in Cumbria: Don’t Mention Silentnight!