merchant profile: MR & MRS FINE WINE
The mezzanine area to the rear of the retail space is designed for on-premise consumption
Moving up a level Not many merchants upgrade to larger premises as quickly as Chris and Gosia Bailey. But they knew that the former bank in Southwell would be the perfect home for their hybrid wine business
hris and Gosia Bailey set up their wine shop in the
Nottinghamshire town of Southwell four years ago – and moved to a new site within a year. They took over the
town’s former HSBC bank in the shadow of Southwell Minster,
and adopted a new name, The Wine Bank. Both it and the original
name, Mr & Mrs Fine Wine, appear on branding through the shop, Anita Mannion, September 2017 website and branded add-ons such as wrapping paper and bags.
When they set up the business, Chris was selling wine for
Accolade into markets including Dubai, India and the Caribbean.
For Gosia, it was a chance to return to work after raising a family, bringing her organisational and creative skills from a former career in office management to the business side of things.
“My boss was incredibly understanding,” says Chris. “I explained
we were going to be opening up a shop and it was going to be
Gosia’s company and he was all right with it. There was no conflict with the brands I was selling for Accolade.
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