Norfolk estate agent to open ninth office on the high street
PUBLISHED: 11:05 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:41 14 May 2019
He started from scratch but now Max Sowerby is celebrating a quarter of a century of selling homes by opening another branch as well as expanding his Norwich base.
Independently-run Sowerbys, started by Max in Burnham Market in 1994, has just announced it is opening in the centre of Fakenham and enlarging its Norwich office by taking over the building next door. The move will see a total investment of more than £100,000.
The new office on Oak Street, Fakenham, will bring the total number of Sowerbys branches around the county to nine. The agency is also making its Norwich city centre office at Old Bank of England Court bigger by moving into the former Allgood & Davey office, also an estate agency. This has relocated to The Close in Norwich.
Sowerbys' expansion comes after they enjoyed their best ever month last month in 25 years.
Max said: "We are bucking the trend, some businesses are moving out of the high street but we are moving in. We see the benefit of being in towns like Fakenham which is going to be our base for our new homes arm of the business. In Norwich, the expansion means we can have a fabulous shop front and entrance into our office."
At the moment, to access the Norwich office, you need to go through a gated courtyard. Work starting soon will knock through the former Allgood & Davey office, taking the historic building back to being one large office like it was years ago when it was occupied by property agents Brown & Co.
Both new office spaces will be given the traditional Sowerbys look, with interior designer Collette Hanlon, of Home Stagers, styling the Fakenham office. This will also use the car wash currently operating near by with a new initiative whereby customers visiting the estate agency can have their car washed too. The building, The Old Rectory, which once housed the town's Citizen's Advice Bureau, is being brought back to life with the renovation. In Norwich, the office will also boast new digital window displays and innovative seating areas where clients can interact with the property specialists without desks between them.