A Touch of Pine started selling pine furniture in 1989 from a shop in Eynsham. Albeit in a deep recession, the business took off almost immediately, with pine proving a popular type of furniture, particularly in the bedroom ranges, with it’s solid long lasting structure. With the popularity of the furniture and the service provided by the company, another shop opened in the Abingdon Road, Oxford, in early 1990. Although a smaller shop, the same pattern emerged as happened at Eynsham. Without websites at this time, word of mouth was vital, regarding the service and quality of the furniture provided, another premises was purchased in Banbury during 1992 in a prime location on the Southam Road, and with a few alterations, the shop had probably the largest showroom the company had embarked on so far. The next location to be addressed was Stokenchurch in 1993, which was soon covering a wide area of the Thames Valley, selling many ranges of pine for the bedroom, dining and living room. With a fleet of vans now delivering everyday of the week to many areas, the service and quality of the furniture of A Touch of Pine was now becoming well known.
Aylesbury in 1994 and Bicester in 1996 opened with the same format, to cover all areas of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. Swindon in 1999 completed the group of shops. With shops being modernised and extended over the next few years, A Touch of Pine were ready for the oncoming of oak furniture which started creeping into the market place around 2004. As the years move on it is important to move with the times, and with modern technology now affecting all our lives the company has changed it’s name to “A Touch of Pine, A World of Oak“, with two superstore shops in Banbury and Bicester, totalling 20,000sqft, with a comprehensive website showing all our ranges of Oak and Pine Furniture and serving all areas of the country.
By Ralph Young