S IS FOR STER­LING,

TIL­LI­COUL­TRY, NEAR STIR­LING

Scottish Field - - READERS’ PHOTOS - GE­ORGE KNOWLES FOUNDER OF STER­LING FUR­NI­TURE, 1973

You all know the line, but when did you last visit Scot­land’s most fa­mous fur­ni­ture store? If you haven’t vis­ited re­cently, you may be more than a lit­tle sur­prised at what you’ll dis­cover. For over 40 years Ster­ling’s flag­ship store has been con­stantly evolv­ing to of­fer those in the know the largest and most unique col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture any­where in Scot­land. But how did the largest in­de­pen­dent fur­ni­ture store in the UK come about? Ster­ling was born in Til­li­coul­try, only 10 miles from Stir­ling and un­der and hour’s drive from both Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh. Ini­tially oc­cu­py­ing only a small part of an old mill com­plex, even Ster­ling’s vi­sion­ary founder Ge­orge Knowles wouldn’t have been able to fore­see the suc­cess of his pioneer­ing fur­ni­ture busi­ness. As the years passed and the rep­u­ta­tion of Ster­ling grew, so did the store. Over time, each of the mill’s floors were filled with new fur­ni­ture ranges and brands from around the world. Be­fore long, ev­ery inch of the com­plex was de­vel­oped to cre­ate a fur­ni­ture store like no other. How­ever, Ster­ling’s am­bi­tion for their flag­ship store now stretched be­yond sim­ply of­fer­ing the largest and finest col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture in Scot­land. Ma­jor de­vel­op­ments have in­cluded the ad­di­tion of a huge ‘Home­store’ depart­ment; from cook­ware and bed­ding to ac­ces­sories and light­ing, you’ll be able to find those fin­ish­ing touches that make a house a home. There’s also a full out­door liv­ing and gar­den cen­tre for the green fin­gered. Their floor­ing depart­ment dis­plays all types of floor­ing for ev­ery room in the house and if you are look­ing for help with an in­te­ri­ors project, you can seek out their in-store in­te­rior de­sign ser­vice. The new­est ad­di­tion is a sta­teof-the art pur­pose built bath­room depart­ment with over 20 full bath­room dis­plays. All sound a bit much? We’ll it’s just as well that there is a restau­rant and a café if you need to take a break from all that shop­ping. If you haven’t vis­ited Ster­ling Til­li­coul­try be­fore, or it’s been years since your last visit, you may be sur­prised at what you will find.

“3 FLOORS & 12 HALLS OF IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL FUR­NI­TURE”

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