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Thriving uniform shop relocates to bigger store after six decades

A Farnborough shop which supplies uniforms for more than 60 local schools is relocating to a larger store in Camberley at the end of December

Brenda's partner Jan Green inside the Farnborough store, which is closing and relocating to Camberley

A schoolwear specialist shop is relocating to Camberley after trading in Farnborough for more than 60 years.

Brenda’s, in Alexandra Road, North Camp, has been selling uniforms for guide and scout groups since 1949 and began selling uniforms for local schools in the 1960s.

As the business has now outgrown its building, it will be relocating to a bigger store in Frimley Road, Camberley.

Jan Green, 54, one of the business partners, said: “Our family has a lot of history in this area, many of our customers have mentioned how we must be among the biggest draw for customers to come to North Camp and how we will be missed.”

Mrs Green’s mother, Brenda, 80, first opened the shop in Somerset Road when she left school at the age of 15. When a local department store, Dacombes, closed down in 1968, Brenda’s was asked if they would take over the sale of school ties, caps and badges.

The business moved to Alexandra Road in 2008 and, as the business expanded, a second store was opened in Camberley, which has recently been extended to include a second floor to accommodate the merging of the two shops.

Brenda's, in Alexandra Road, Farnborough, is relocating to its Camberley store
Brenda's, in Alexandra Road, Farnborough, is relocating to its Camberley store

Brenda’s now supplies uniforms to children at 60 different schools in the surrounding area.

Mrs Green said: “Our business has grown rapidly and we no longer have the space needed in the Farnborough store, we’re bursting at the seams.

“Our merge with the much larger Camberley store is a very exciting and positive move for our family business, we have always strived to give the best service but in one store we aim to make schoolwear shopping the best it can be.

“With our online store also becoming more and more popular, we feel we offer the full package.”

Mrs Green said she has been working at the store since she was tall enough to see over the counter, and now helps to run it along with her husband, Derek, son, James, and daughter, Sharon.

They will be closing the doors of the Farnborough store on December 21 and running the business solely from the Camberley store, which is four times bigger, from January 2 next year.

She said: “Our aim is to serve the schools that we supply for to the best of our ability and we feel we can do that better in another, bigger store, so it's going to have a very positive impact on us and our customers.”

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