Timpson, Bentall's Centre
Timpson - Kingston-upon-Thames
Timpson Unit GK2 (located on the ground floor) The Bentall Centre Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1TR
Tel: +44 20 8549 6198
Footwear & Shoe Repairs
Timpson official website: www.timpson.com
Five generations of Timpson's have been involved in the business that bears their name. Chief Executive John Timpson is the great grandson of the Founder, William Timpson, who at the age of 16 opened his first shop in Butler Street, Manchester in 1865. William learned his boot and shoe making craft in his native Northamptonshire, but he soon realised that it took a week to make a pair of boots, but only a few minutes to sell them. By 1869 William started trading at 97 Oldham Street, which he rented for £200 a year. The Company grew rapidly in the 1930’s opening at least 10 shops each year. By the start of the Second World War, the business had 189 shops and 11 shoe repair factories with a large manufacturing plant making 17,000 pairs of shoes a week. The number of shoe repair shops had grown from 150 to 315 and the turnover had expanded from £12.5m to £40m. Then in 2003 Timpson bought The Minit Group which included Mister Minit, Supasnaps and Sketchley. Over the past two years Timpson now have over 550 outlets in the UK and Ireland and have retained some of the Dry Cleaning units. They are currently developing new service areas such as locksmiths, jewellery repair and clothing alterations.