THE Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Michael Stowe, was on hand to help fashion brand Lucy and Yak open their new premises at the Gateway 36 Business Park.
Created by Barnsley-born Lucy Greenwood and Chris Renwick in 2017, the independent retailer has grown to become a popular clothing provider with more than 800,000 followers across their social media platforms.
The new 40,000sq ft site in Hoyland will see the company move from their previous home, in Wombwell, where they manufactured scrubs, scrub caps and bags for frontline workers in local NHS hospitals during the pandemic.
Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “It’s brilliant to see Lucy and Yak moving into a new site and staying in the borough.
“For such a well-known fashion brand to continue to operate from Barnsley demonstrates the potential and opportunities we can offer to businesses.
“Our award-winning Enterprising Barnsley business support team are proud to have paid their part by assisting the company in identifying local properties for their expansion as well as providing specialist business coaching support.
“We will continue to support the company for many years to come.
“We look forward to seeing Lucy and Yak continue to grow their business operations in the borough.”
Lucy added: “I still can’t believe how far we have come in six years from our first distribution centre being in my parents basement in Kendray to now having this beautiful new distribution centre and providing so many jobs to people from my hometown.
“It feels weird seeing my name on such a huge building.”