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Sign of the times? Estate agency duo quit high street after 25 years in same branch

Leicestershire firm Andrew Granger & Co says it no longer sees the point in maintaining a traditional branch when most of their marketing is online.

Nigel Lewis

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A long-established Leicestershire estate agency duo has quit the high street after 25 years to move to purpose-built offices.

Originally planned for Spring this year, Covid-19 meant that the move was temporarily put on hold.

Andrew Granger & Co founders, David Woodfield and Rupert Harrison (pictured, above), have left their Loughborough branch which they say is part of the general industry move towards online marketing, as well as a desire for better visitor car parking, but is now particularly timely as high streets around the UK struggle to lure back shoppers.

Woodfield explains that the way the agency works has gradually evolved, while technological changes now make it possible to work from anywhere.

He says, “It’s an exciting change and while we’ll still very much welcome visitors to our new premises – appointment only for the time being – the move also builds on the online marketing way of selling properties, together with the personal contact with clients from the fresh new base.”

Harrison adds that it felt like the right time to find a more modern office with better parking for the 30-year-old firm, which also has branches in Leicester and Market Harborough.

“The three departments that operate from the Loughborough office – estate agency, lettings and rural – will now combine in an open plan setting and we’re all very much looking forward to this way of working once we are all office based again, rather than the majority of us currently working from home,” says Harrison.

Andrew Granger & Co covers residential estate agency and lettings, commercial property, planning and development services, rural agency and professional services.

Pictures: (top) Woodfield and Harrison at the launch of their branch 25 years ago and (right) outside their new offices.

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October 13, 2020

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