Historic Wollaston shoe firm to open first factory shop

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A Northamptonshire shoe maker is to open its first shop – after 130 years.

Wollaston footwear manufacturer NPS Shoes Ltd, which makes the Solovair and NPS footwear brands, has been manufacturing premium quality men’s and women’s Goodyear-welted footwear for more than 130 years at its factory in the town.

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NPS employs more than 60 people.

Managing director Christian Castle said: “Opening our first store in the heart of our community in which the NPS and Solovair brands were first conceived is hugely rewarding for our staff and loyal customers.

“We started trading online 12 months ago, which has been a massive success.

“The creation of a bricks and mortar store where we can showcase our brands and where customers can browse and try our entire range, as well as undertake a factory tour for an immersive experience, really helps resonate the craftsmanship and solidify the value of our footwear.

“We are extremely passionate about manufacturing 100 per cent made in Northamptonshire, and consider our store to be a fitting tribute to the heritage of one of the county’s oldest footwear factories in continuous production.”

Visitors to the store can also purchase a limited selection of well-known High Street brands manufactured historically by NPS and available at discounted prices.

For directions and opening times visit https://www.solovair-shoes.com/nps-shoes-factory-shop.