Kenyons Fashion Footwear Ltd (Kenyons wholesale footwear)
Kenyons Fashion Footwear Ltd is a family owned and run business established since 1962. Whilst much business was conducted in the Rossendale Valley from the outset we did not obtain premises in the area until 1974.
This was a small two storey building partly constructed of timber affectionately known as "The Wooden Hut" situated on Bacup Road at Warth Bridge, right on the bend and must have been a nightmare for traffic!
By 1977 we had soon outgrown these premises and purchased the former Ashworth & Hoyle mill known as Starline House on Daisy Hill in Rawtenstall opposite the market, which was very fitting as in those days most of our sales went to individual market traders throughout the UK. They came from far and wide from Penzance to the Isle of Lewis.Very soon we began to import containers directly into these premises and so remain competitive, at a time of hyperinflation. This eventually attracted the attention of some larger High St store groups and another move was soon underway.
During our time up on the hill our local competitors had developed as well. J Tattersalls & Son had expanded their premises at Union Works by taking the attached City Leather building whilst Harvey & Melvin Jacobson had started a wholesale cash & carry at Stansfield St Waterfoot. However it was not all rosey as the long established Trippiers Slippers ceased trading.
In 1985 we obtained the large old mill complex at Myrtle Grove and after much demolition and development we ended up with 80,000 sq ft as good as purpose built, together with various other units. Some of these units house various local companies involved in both manufacture and service including some in retail. One of them is the home of Quicks Freight haul who store handle and despatch footwear for different companies all over the U.K.
The last twenty-five years have seen many changes in the footwear trade in the valley but Kenyons Footwear has had a major presence during this time and will have for the next twenty-five!
Hopefully this Internet page can be used as point of contact and will develop as such. Obviously the shoes shown are only a representation of the kind of articles on offer but we can source and supply most items our clients require.