Catering to both trade customers and the general public, Carracks is a one-stop-shop for all your painting and decorating needs.
Some businesses seem to stand the test of time and one that continues to go from strength to strength is Carracks Wallpaper & Paint in the heart of the busy, bustling Crookes shopping district.
The business was launched in 1947 and, as many Sheffield folk know, the Carracks family includes local music legend Paul, whose parents Ben and Joan were the original owners.
Simon Bradbury worked in the shop for 15 years alongside Paul’s brother John before taking over the business a couple of years ago.
But while the Carrack family link may have gone, Simon has ensured the working practices that made the original shop an instant success remain unchanged.
As a decorator who has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years, Simon has a wealth of knowledge to supply paints, wallpapers, brushes and other accessories, such as fillers and pastes, to both trade customers and the general public.
“Many people come in for some good solid advice,” confirms Simon. “Customers come to us because we provide the right products and a personal service. We can get hold of most brands and they are discounted, so we are also cheaper than a lot of other paint and wallpaper stores.”
Working alongside Simon is local lad Jake Crutchley. Jake came to the shop after receiving a solid grounding in the business during a three-and-a-half year spell working for Johnstone’s Paints.
“This is a small shop but it’s really busy,” he says. “People pop in all the time and it’s great to have a chat with the customers and help them make the right choices.”
Whether you are a home owner just touching up one room or a professional painter and decorator, Carracks is the one-stop-shop for all your trade and retail needs.
Their top-quality paint brands include Dulux, Heritage, Johnstone’s and popular chalk paint, Rust-oleum, whilst their brush and tool brands include Harris and Purdy. If you need a little inspiration, they have hundreds of wallpaper books for you to leaf through and even provide a colour matching service – just bring in the shade you want matching up and Carracks will do the rest.
And though Carracks continues to give the same good old fashioned friendly service and wide range of paints and wallpapers it always has, Simon is bringing the business firmly into the 21st century.
It may look like a modestly-sized shop on the outside but, as two terrace houses put together, Carracks has many nooks and crannies full of paints and products to discover.
If you’ve never had a peek inside the store, you’ll be amazed.
214 Northfield Road, Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1QU
Tel: 0114 266 4096