Peter Green Furnishers at Chandler’s Ford turns 65
A FAMILY-RUN furniture store opened by actor and former Britain’s tallest man Christopher Greener celebrates his 65th birthday.
Peter Green Furnishers of Chandler’s Ford has been supplying furniture and flooring to the community since the 1950s.
Wendy Martin Green was around a year old when her father Peter Green opened the Sleep Shop in Leigh Road in 1956.
“It wasn’t a bedding store for very long,” she said.
“Everyone came in and asked for furniture.”
In 1966 Peter bought a factory on the corner of Southampton Road and turned it into a large showroom, opened by the Mayor of Eastleigh.
“We traveled to France and there were these huge furniture stores, which gave him the idea,” said Wendy, 67.
“He came back and bought a factory, and called it Peter Green.
“It was one of the first major showrooms in the area – at the time customers had to choose from catalogs in small street shops.
“People flocked from miles around to shop.”
When Peter died in 1980, his wife Norah took over as president.
Five years later there were plans to build a shopping center and redevelop the Southampton Road site, so the business moved to its current premises on School Lane.
This was opened by Christopher Greener, who at the time held the title of Britain’s tallest man, in 1985.
Speaking about the company’s history, Wendy, who is now Executive Chairman, said: “We grew up with the people. The town was small, the region was small. It wasn’t a conurbation back then. .
“As it grew, we furnished and upholstered new construction, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, offices, temples, churches.
“As the area developed Peter Green provided all the furniture and flooring for these people.”
Her mother died in 2010. Wendy had moved to Long Island but decided to continue the business. She manages things using video conferencing, calls and frequent visits.
Although the business has been open for 66 years, it is now marking its 65th anniversary due to Covid.
“We’re all still family as a business, that’s one of the reasons I wanted it to continue,” Wendy added.
“Thanks to Covid, we were closed for ten months. It was hard on the nerves and hard on the bank balance.
“After the lockdown, it was difficult to enter people’s homes. Customers had to open all the doors, keep the windows open and leave the room while we entered and laid the floor.
“Everyone was wearing masks and we were cleaning all the touch points.
“We are extremely proud to have survived Covid.”
The showroom is organizing a 65th anniversary party on Saturday July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.
There will be live music, a classic car show, a birthday cake, an Instagram photo booth and a raffle to win a real sapphire.
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