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History

Dunelm was founded in 1979 selling curtains on a Leicester market stall. Today, the major focus is out-of-town and multi-channel retailing of homewares.

2016

John Browett succeeded as CEO

Will Adderley became Deputy Chairman

Eight strategic initiatives launched

Second warehouse opened at Stoke

New contact centre opened at Radcliffe

Tenth anniversary of flotation on the Stock Exchange

Worldstores, Kiddicare & Achica businesses acquired

Worldstores Achica Kiddicare logo

2015

Andy Harrison appointed Chairman

John Browett joined as CEO designate

Keith Down succeeded David Stead as CFO

William Reeve and Peter Ruis joined as Non-Executive Directors

Major upgrade to website

Fogarty brand acquired

Fogarty logo

2014

Will Adderley appointed as Chief Executive Officer.

Andy Harrison appointed as Non-Executive Director.

2013

New brand focus and logo rebranded from Dunelm Mill to Dunelm.

The new brand focus reinforces Dunelm’s strategy to offer a wide choice of products, exceptional value for money and excellent service.

Liz Doherty appointed as Non-Executive Director.

Launch of TV advertising campaign.

2012

Matt Davies appointed as Non-Executive Director.

Launch of mobile online site.

2011

New Head Office opened in Syston, Leicestershire.

Nick Wharton appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Will Adderley appointed Executive Deputy Chairman.

2010

100th store opens, in Liverpool

On-line store relaunched and range expanded.

Stoke warehouse extended, capacity doubled.

2008

Worldwide rights to Dorma brand acquired.

2007

Simon Emeny appointed as Non-Executive Director.

2006

Opening of Stoke warehouse/closure of Burton warehouse.

Launch of online store.

Flotation on London Stock Exchange.

2004

Geoff Cooper appointed as Non-Executive Chairman.

Marion Sears appointed as Non-Executive Director.

2003

David Stead joins as Finance Director.

2002

New Central Warehouse opened in Burton.

2001

Acquisition of Bellbird Ltd, custom-made curtain facility.

1999

Head office and warehouse established in Syston, Leicester.

1996

Will Adderley appointed as Managing Director.

1991

First Superstore opened in Rotherham.

1984

First Dunelm store opened in Churchgate, Leicester.

1979

Business founded by Bill and Jean Adderley, selling curtains on a Leicester market stall.