In 2011 Barkers Simply Sofas opened at Lowther Road, Hillsborough. The company felt it was essential to get a shop front on Penistone Road where the bulk of the areas traffic flows down. Simply Sofas was created as a more modern sofa store. The concept involved creating a more modern store but backed with family-run service and values.
2014 has seen a good friend of the family, Graham Stokes, research the family history. He has spent hours in Sheffield archives with a friend of his digging through records. Frederik Stuurman, a local historian, has provided further input and realised that while the company has been celebrating the birth of Barkers as 1931 that it was in 1915 that Barkers first became established. Graham picked this up and with his knowledge of our family and his findings has managed to be able to piece together a complete timeline. Graham has a historical interest in Barkers. His own father, Jim, worked at Barkers from the 1940's and Graham remembers fondly going out on deliveries with his father in the old van, which was then back from the War Department.
2014 also saw the redevelopment of the company website. This has enabled the company to logistically output most of the prices in the shop and do it in synchronisation with the shop floor. Feedback from customers suggested that this was a necessity and that pictures alone didn't give enough insight into products that they might purchase.
2015 is witnessing Barkers celebrating their 100th Anniversary. To further improve the business for customers Barkers have decided to make the Lowther Road store the Flooring & Bedroom Centre. Conversely Burton Street will become the Upholstery & Dining store. The feedback from customers has dictated the move. Customers sometimes have to travel between stores to look at sofas and as a sofa can be a once in 10 years purchase it is proving difficult for customers to grasp the difference in upholstery offers.