It’s back to business for Barker and Stonehouse’s Gateshead store which this week marks two months since it re-opened after the catastrophic June flooding forced its closure.

A heavy casualty of the freak storm, the company’s Metrocentre-based store is now looking better than ever thanks to the tireless efforts of ‘Team B&S’ and an investment of £500,000.

When a month’s rainfall fell in just two hours, the store was badly hit, resulting in more than half a million pounds worth of damage.

A flood-damage sale was held to liquidate stock, giving thousands of customers products from world renowned brands such as Natuzzi, Ekornes, Ercol and Tempur at bargain prices.

But no sooner had the rain stopped than the store’s staff sprang into action, removing damaged carpets and flooring and beginning the long process of drying the whole store out.

Barker and Stonehouse managing director James Barker then invested £500,000 to restore the Gateshead store to its former glory and the results speak for themselves.

Fast forward to present day and the transformation is remarkable with newly fitted floors, replastered walls and restored ceilings.

Beautifully dressed by Barker and Stonehouse’s creative stylist Claire Hornby, the revamped store has been given a new lease of life.

And taking pride of place is a fully restored Morris Minor which has been given a classic patriotic makeover.

Barker and Stonehouse’s managing director James Barker said: “When the rain died down and the full extent of the damage became clear my heart sank.

“Financially it was a nightmare, with thousands of pounds worth of stock ruined, but the team have worked flat out to get the store back to the high standard our customers expect.

“They’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty and now the store looks better than ever.  Customers are also commenting on how their in-store experience has improved which is reflected in the impressive sales we have had over the last two months.”