JAK Hanson, an independent department store just off the M6 at Wrightington, says it has welcomed an increase in the number of coach companies choosing to visit as an alternative stop off to Charnock Richard services on the motorway itself. The company’s Derby House site has substantial parking space around the 18,000 sq ft building which also houses the Derby House food hall and the Paddock restaurant. The single level venue also offers easy disabled access.
The business says it has welcomed coaches from 23 companies over the years and has noticed a surge in coach custom this year, with regular visitors including Johnsons, Buckleys, Greenline, Timewells and Dave New Tours.
Co-founder Jane Ramones said: “It’s brilliant to welcome returning and new coach companies, all reporting an increase in people booking more day trips and coach holidays. We’re seeing more consistency on coaches coming and repeat custom from drivers. We offer a free meal at the restaurant for the driver and £10 if they stop for 1.5 hours or more, and we personally welcome the passengers on arrival.”
Selling clothing, footwear, toys, homewares, gifts and bedding, the company says that visitors have recognised its appeal as a north west destination shopping venue, fuelling consistent growth since it opened a decade ago.
The family business has also achieved award recognition in the last year and has been shortlisted for the Lancashire Tourism Awards Finals in the category of Family Owned/Run Business; the winner is set to be announced in February, following a round of interviews and mystery shopper visits.