Leading comfort shoe retailer Pavers has announced three new area managers across the UK as part of a period of continued growth.
The footwear company, which is headquartered in York, has appointed new area managers for its South East, South West, and Scotland and North of England regions.
Caroline Shaw has been appointed as the area manager for the South West and Darren Hanna the area manager for Scotland and North of England. Samara Williams takes over the South East operation from Ian Morrison, who moved on in September.
Both the new South East and South West appointments have been made internally with Miss Williams formerly managing the company’s Gretna store and Mrs Shaw previously managing its Cornwall and Plymouth sites. Mr Hanna joins Pavers from Simply Be, having previously worked for H&M.
Jason Paver, Director of Sales at Pavers Shoes, said: “We’re delighted to have promoted Samara and Caroline from within Pavers, and are thrilled to welcome Darren, who we know will be a great addition to the team.
“We’re sure they will all flourish in their new roles and are looking forward to them putting their best foot forward in the business.
“The growth of the business has meant that we needed to increase the area management team so that we can manage and support our current portfolio of stores, as well as develop new opportunities.”
Partly due to the acquisition of a number of Brantano locations, Pavers Shoes has recently grown from 115 stores to more than 130 throughout the UK and Ireland, with more sites planned over the coming months.
Mr Paver continued: “This is a really exciting time for Pavers. Our store portfolio is continuing to grow - this year we have already opened shops in 18 new locations and a number of additional locations are being considered.
“Our aim is to grow the business to around 200 to 250 stores in the near future. The appointment of the three new area managers will help us to achieve these plans.”
All three new area managers took up their roles at Pavers Shoes this month.
Samara William’s South East area covers Pavers Shoes stores in Braintree, Brighton, Canterbury, Chatham, Clacton, Crews Hill, Croydon, Dover, Eastbourne, Horsham, Ilford, Pevensey and Taverham.
Caroline Shaw’s South West area covers Pavers Shoes stores in Bideford, Bordon, Bournemouth, Cornwall, Newport, Newton Abbott, Plymouth, Poole, Port Solent, Shepton Mallet, Torquay and Wilton.
Darren Hanna’s Scotland and North area covers Pavers Shoes stores in Ambleside, Coatbridge, Cumnock, Dundee, Glasgow, Gretna, Inverness, Inverurie, Kendal, Leith, Linwood, Livingston, Loch Lomond (Lomond Shores), Loch Lomond (Antartex Village), Morpeth, North Shields, Perth, Shiremoor and Tillicoultry.
A family business born in York in 1971, Pavers was founded by Catherine Paver, who took out a £200 bank loan to develop a business selling comfortable, good value, stylish footwear.
Pavers is now one of the UK’s leading comfort shoe retailers, with a focus on quality, affordability, and style.
The retailer opened its first shop in Scarborough then York, Hull and Newcastle soon followed.
Pavers now has more than 130 locations across the UK and Eire. The omni-channel retailer also sells online, through catalogues, and via PaversShoes.tv, the world’s first 24-hour shopping channel dedicated to shoes, which can be found on Sky Channel 669.