Young Ideas closes Derby store and announces plans to expand Ashbourne flagship

Young Ideas Derby

Award-winning independent retail group Young Ideas has closed its Derby store after trading in the city for over a decade.

Owner Anne Wright says the closure is due to its lease agreement ending and follows “13 years of happy trading” in the city. The store’s stock will be consolidated into Young Ideas’ Ashbourne and Litchfield boutiques while its retail team will also move to the group’s flagship.

Anne has also revealed fresh plans to expand its Ashbourne store’s retail space and product range. Work is scheduled to begin at the end of this year and could see up to 1,000sq ft added to the shop floor, either by extending the current building or acquiring another unit. These changes are expected to take shape alongside wider improvements to the town centre, made possible thanks to a £15 million Levelling Up Fund investment which the owner played a pivotal role in securing.

Anne Wright

“Additional space in the Ashbourne store will mean we can accommodate a wider range and choice of designer collections,” she says. “We are looking forward to making Ashbourne even more of a destination for great fashion and personal service for women and men.”

Anne adds: “Our Lichfield store has recently undergone refurbishment too and we are also looking forward to extending the brand range in this store as part of our wider changes. We know from speaking directly to our current Derby customers that most of them will find shopping in Ashbourne or Lichfield a convenient and welcoming alternative. We are lucky to have a very loyal customer base who we know well and who will move with us.”

Young Ideas has been trading in Derbyshire for 55 years but expanded rapidly after Anne took over the business in 2008. Its Derby boutique first opened in 2011 at the front of Bennett’s department store in the city’s bustling Cathedral Quarter. However, following its closure in 2018, Young Ideas relocated to the Derbion shopping centre.

Elsewhere, the retailer’s sister business Henmores has opened a second location at countryside retail destination Peak Village. The 3,000sq ft store is located near Derbyshire’s Chatsworth Estate and joins Henmores’ flagship boutique in Ashbourne.

Henmores Peak Village

“We are sad to say farewell to Derby,” says Anne. “But we are looking forward to an exciting future as we continue our Young Ideas and Henmores journeys in Ashbourne, Lichfield and Rowsley while actively seeking future opportunities in our target locations.”