• Cecile Corral

Caldeira Buys, Remakes Fabric Warehouse Chain

New York —Caldeira, the U.K.-based parent of Caldeira USA, recently bought a 14-unit fabric chain in southern England, and is this month testing several of its finished products at the stores.

The Fabric Warehouse, as the retailer is called, was stocked with Caldeira dec pillows on Sept. 1. This comes after the company cleared out much of the previously carried goods with clearance sales to make way for new fabrics and finished products by Caldeira.

By late October, the stores will also offer Caldeira soft window treatments and throws, as well as bedding lines — but the latter from U.K. vendors.

The idea is to eventually create a complete home textiles store with products for all areas of the home, said Lindsey Foster, general manager for Caldeira USA. “Tony wants it to be a total home source,” she said of the plans of founder Tony Caldeira.

Fabric, which makes up 60% of Fabric Warehouse's business, will remain an important part of the store's assortment. But the shelves will be infused with Caldeira products.

Carolyn Winderbaum, product development manager for Caldeira USA, told HTT the company's purchase of Fabric Warehouse is “relevant” to the US market and retail customers, “because we now have another venue for testing the market. We can test some products that otherwise probably could not have been tested.”

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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