Mark is an experienced designer and first worked with our furniture range over seventeen years ago. Mark joined The Kitchen Store as Design Consultant, progressing via Senior Designer, Design Manager and Store Manager to his current position as Head of Retail.
Jason is responsible for all activities relating to delivery of service to our customers and is passionate about the high level of customer service that is offered by all members of the team. Prior to The Kitchen Store, Jason worked at Manhattan Furniture for over 16 years, where he first worked with Alan our MD, before progressing through the business to Group Sales Support Manager.
Catherine joined The Kitchen Store after graduating from the University of Brighton with a BAHons degree in Interior Architecture. Starting as Designer, Cat progressed to Senior Design Specialist then on to Manager of our Horsham store. Cat work’s closely with customers to achieve the ideal design for their new kitchen and project manages the whole process from initial design concept through to installation.
Kevin is a familiar face at our Brighton & Hove store where he joined as part of the founding team. A Senior Design Specialist, Kevin works with customers on a range of projects large and small designing kitchens for homes throughout Sussex.
Kerry is part of our close-knit Horsham design team. She works with customers throughout Sussex developing their kitchen designs and managing them through to completion.
Zach joined The Kitchen Store as our first apprentice. Since completing his apprenticeship he is now a Trade Designer working in our Lancing and Horsham stores. Zach works directly with customers in the store, draws plans and quotes their designs.
Haley joined The Kitchen Store as a Product Advisor in 2007. After years of building her product knowledge she is an expert on Paula Rosa Manhattan products past and present. As the senior team member in The Kitchen Store Direct team she helps customers throughout the country add to their existing Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens.
Maria was parting of our founding team back in 2004. As Senior Administrator she aids our designers by raising orders, informing customers of deliveries, taking payments, checking quality and general admin. Maria has worked in the kitchen industry for over 20 years – including time at both Manhattan Furniture and Paula Rosa – so it comes as no surprise that she knows our Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchens like no one else.
Sian is the Senior Projects Coordinator for our Lancing & Hove stores and manages all our customers orders, our installers and stone masons to bring kitchens to life.
Kate is responsible for the day-to-day running of our finance team. Since joining the Company Kate’s proud to have achieved a diploma in AAT accountancy and survived two year-ends!
Alan founded our Company in 2004 and has spent his career in and around interiors and buildings. Alan leads the business and is still very much involved in all areas from product development, kitchen design, working with our partners and customers and developing our new stores. Prior to The Kitchen Store he was a director of our supplier Paula Rosa Manhattan (then Manhattan Furniture).
Alan is a previous Sussex Boss of the Year and Sussex Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dave is our longest-serving installer and has been fitting kitchens throughout Sussex for over 20 years. Dave’s attention to detail when installing kitchens is second to none. He goes the extra mile to ensure kitchens are fitted to our exacting standards. His kitchen workmanship was last independently assessed in January 2017 where he was awarded Gold by our testing body, FIRA.
Harry is part of our installation team and works for customers throughout Sussex with his apprentice (and brother!) Rob. His kitchen workmanship was last independently assessed in January 2017 where he was awarded Gold by our testing body, FIRA.
In recent weeks, I have had a little more time to reflect on the business, how we’re doing, and how far we’ve come. I thought about how long The Kitchen Store had been operating, and I couldn’t believe it’s now been 16 years!
Back when we started in 2004, there were just three of us designers, working from a tiny factory kitchen showroom.
At the time, it wasn’t much to look at. But our flair for design and our honest, personal, one-to-one approach with customers soon led to bigger, better things.
And now? Well, there are 25 of us in the team (here’s just a few of us below), we operate from three high-profile showrooms and we’re one of the largest independent kitchen retailers across Sussex and The South.
The simple reason we started has never changed: to create inspiring kitchens, so that every person and every family can centre their home around the best room in the house, and do it in style. And with the choice of ranges we have available, there really is something for everyone.
The talent, the design expertise and the attention to detail haven’t changed either. There’s just more of it.
As British & German kitchen design specialists for Sussex, we offer the full kitchen service, right from the original idea, through to the final installation.
We’ve been recognised for doing this really well, and we’re very proud of the awards that we’ve received for our hard work. To name but a few:
One of the things that sets us apart is the size of our showrooms, particularly in Brighton & Hove and Horsham. (You may have already visited one of them.)
They’re big, and they give you an excellent feel for exactly how your new kitchen could look, with a considerable breadth of range on show too. You’ll get real ideas and inspiration for parts of your living space that you never knew existed!
Within the next few weeks, you’ll be able to drop in for a browse around our kitchens and a chat. Rest assured that as soon as it’s safe to do so, we will be inviting you in, with all necessary precautions in hand!
Until then, we’re still virtually open, so if you’d like a chat about your ideas or even a video design consultation, the door’s open.
And if a new kitchen is on your radar at the moment, once you’ve browsed our website, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org