A SOMERSET business is preparing to open its new lighting store in Taunton town centre in just under two weeks' time. 

The Lighting Company has taken over the former Next store and is due to open its second shop there on Tuesday, June 7 after an invite-only preview event on June 6.

Its first store in Minehead opened in 2018 and sells lighting, occasional furniture, and soft furnishings.

The Lighting Company also sells its products online and offers free delivery across the UK.

Husband and wife team Greg and Lynne Hickin run the business as its directors.

Greg said: “Taunton is a great location for us.  

“Aside from it being a beautiful, large building adjacent to the historic castle bow, the plans for the town's makeover becoming a garden town sit perfectly with the way we feel shopping should be.

“The shop is due to open in June and we are looking forward to unveiling our new shop.

“The Taunton branch will replicate some of the technical elements that the Minehead store has but also brings a social element too.”

Somerset County Gazette: The store has been vacant since May 2020 - but will soon get a new lease of life. Picture: Steve RichardsonThe store has been vacant since May 2020 - but will soon get a new lease of life. Picture: Steve Richardson

Lynne added: “We’re bringing our online inspiration to life.

“Whilst we advocate the use of websites and technology, we think there is an appetite to blend the two types of shopping, a more modern way to shop.

“There is no substitute for seeing and touching products and also talking to real people, face-to-face. Our expert team is key.

“We will have social spaces to interact with our team, and also you, our customers and brand ambassadors.

“We want to take our brand ambassadors off Facebook and Instagram and let them style our showroom, run a photoshoot, and bring their creativity to life.

“These styling areas will provide further inspiration with open evenings and talks for and from developers, builders, interior designers, and homeowners who are looking to enhance spaces with light and unique finds.

“We simply can’t wait to hear what shoppers think.”

The Lighting Company's Taunton store will be open between 9am and 5:30pm on weekdays and Saturdays. 

It will be open from 10am until 4pm on Sundays.