Rett Retail Ltd T/a Ark Clothing.
ARK is one of the country’s leading retailers of branded fashion, stocking favourite labels alongside exciting new brands.
ARK opened its first store in The Corn Exchange in Leeds in 1992. The shop was originally opened to fill a gap in the market for a fresh, music-influenced street wear retailer in Leeds. The store was an immediate success and grew quickly in size. In 1994, Ark opened in York which was soon followed by Sheffield.
ARK has now grown into a 15 store retail operation with a distribution centre just outside Leeds. ARK currently employs about 200 people and 8 more stores are planned for 2012.
August 2012 – Update
The original 420m² mezzanine floor increased capacity greatly, however the company has expanded and needed extra storage capacity. Avanta successfully tendered to extend the mezzanine into an L shape, fixing into the orignal mezzanine structure originally installed by Avanta seamlessley doubling the mezzanine platform size to 850m².
In 2011 the Leeds based distribution centre was rapidly reaching capacity servicing the growing number of stores and Internet customers.
To create additional storage space within the existing distribution centre with minimum disruption required precise planning and innovative design. The solution was 420m² 1 hour fire rated mezzanine floor with 2x access staircases and an inclined reversible belt conveyor supplied and installed by Avanta UK Ltd.
Avanta UK Ltd the Leeds mezzanine floor specialist successfully tendered, designed, supplied and installed the project on the working warehouse site in February 2012. The design process included various redesigns and modifications as the growing retailer’s requirements evolved over time, however with Avanta’s extensive experience of working with retail brands (including, Next, Mamas & Papas, AllSaints, ASOS, USC etc) meant it was all part of the free design and quotation service offered.
The mezzanine floor sited at 3m high with a 420m² platform was fully fire protected with column protection and suspended ceiling to the underside of the floor giving a 1 hour fire protection. The conveyor measures 7m in length at a 25 degree angle. Access is via 2x part K staircases and pallets via sliding loading gate.
Andrew Chipp of Avanta commented “We are delighted to add Ark to our portfolio of fashion retail clients and to support a well known Leeds based company that is growing made the contract win even more special.”
Rob Tyrrell, Director of Rett Retail Ltd (The Holding company for the Ark brand) Commented “We would like to thank Avanta for everything they have done for us and would have no hesitation in recommending them for mezzanine floor installations to other comapnies”
Installing a Mezzanine floor is an economic way of increasing space versus costly relocation or extending existing premises and with Avanta’s free no obligation design and quotation service it is worthwhile investigating further.