A new decorative store will be opened in Chelmsford by East Anglian building and decorating materials supplier Kent Blaxill on October 6th. Neil Ogilvie, Chief Executive of the Painting and Decorating Association, will cut the ribbon in front of customers, staff and suppliers at 12.00 hours and declare the store officially open.

It will be Kent Blaxill's 13th store and the third that the 178-year-old company has opened this year.

The branch, which will be managed by Luke Harrison, will serve both the trade and retail markets in and around Chelmsford with an extensive range of paints and related products, with a strong focus on designer paints such as Farrow & Ball.

James Park, Kent Blaxill decorative manager, said: "As well as offering a daily delivery service for trade customers, we have specialist staff who can provide expert colour advice, which is increasingly important in today's market. Decorators like to be able to send their clients along to get the best advice in helping to make their choices."

The branch is located at 21 Rodney Way on the Widford Industrial Estate in Chelmsford, CM1 3BY. Two units have been knocked into one and refurbished to create a bright modern store.

"We currently supply customers in Chelmsford from Colchester and Braintree so this will give our Chelmsford customers the benefits of their own store as well as enabling us to service the needs of customers in south Essex down to the M25."

‚ÄčThe branch will stock Dulux, Crown and Armstead paint brands as well as designer paint labels Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and Paint Library, Zoffany, Sandersons and Earthborn.