Adnams unveils flagship store plans

SOUTHWOLD brewer and leisure retailer Adnams yesterday unveiled details of its new flagship Cellar & Kitchen store in the town, which will continue to build on its environmental credentials.

SOUTHWOLD brewer and leisure retailer Adnams yesterday unveiled details of its new flagship Cellar & Kitchen store in the town, which will continue to build on its environmental credentials.

The new store, due to open later this year, will involve a range of green construction techniques including a “living “ sedum roof - similar to that of the company's new distribution centre just outside the town - rain water recycling, natural ventilation and light systems and walls insulated with sheep's wool.

The design will also involve elements of recycling, with 100-year-old decommissioned wooden fermentation vessels being used as seating in a café area and reclaimed groynes from Southwold beach being used within with the external courtyard and parking areas.

Adnams has appointed Harleston-based company Blackburns to construct the new store, which will occupy part of the site of the company's old distribution centre.


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The “green” design for the new retail outlet is the latest in a series of examples of Adnams' commitment to minimising its environmental impact. Besides the new distribution centre, it has refitted its brewery to make it one of the most energy-efficient in Europe and it also recently launched East Green, the UK's first carbon neutral beer.

Having developed the Cellar & Kitchen concept in Southwold, focusing on exclusive wines from its own list and high-end kitchenware, Adnams has expanded the business into a chain of 10 outlets - the latest of which opened in Richmond, London, in April - and further openings are planned later this year.

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Rupert Farquharson, Adnams' director of retail, said: “The success of the Cellar & Kitchen concept can be attributed to the importance we at Adnams place on first-class products and low environmental impact.

“Inspired by our eco-efficient distribution centre, the new Southwold store offers a totally 'green' shopping experience - one that will be unique for both locals and tourists alike.”

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