We began in the 1960s, with two brothers running a market stall in the West Midlands. Today, Atlantic Shopping, trading name V.N Britannic Warehouse Ltd, is the number one retailer of bar stools in the UK. We're still run by the same family, but on a much larger scale. Read our company history to discover more…
1961 – Where it all began
Atlantic Shopping started life as a family-run market stall in Smethwick, a small town in Birmingham whose market has been running since the 1920s.
1962 – 1963 – Our first shop
After success at the market, we were able to buy a shop in Aston. 252- 254 Lichfield Road, Aston became our new premises, then known as V.N Warehouse.
1971 – Becoming Britannic Warehouse
In 1971, we bought out another business on Summer Hill Road, and changed our name to Britannic Warehouse. The same year, we opened another shop on Warstone Lane, in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter.
1973 – The expansion continues
This year saw the acquisition of another property, this time an old bakery on Finch Road, Lozells.
1974 – Move to the heart of the city
We moved to Sandpits, our present location, in 1974. Close to the City Centre, this move was perfect for bringing our business closer to the heart of Birmingham, where it remains to this day.
1975 – Cash and carry declared open
In 1975 we began to build the first part of the warehouse that we operate from today. May 1975 saw the opening of our cash and carry. V. N & Britannic Warehouse Ltd was declared officially open by the Mayors of Birmingham, Dudley and Sandwell.
1980 – Expansion, importing and exporting
We expanded our warehouse considerably in 1980. While we remained a cash and carry, we began to import and export our products, allowing us to expand our product base even further.
1990 - Bought adjacent property
In 1990 we were able to purchase the land adjacent to the warehouse on Nelson Street. Combined with our existing land, this became the space that we occupy today.
2004 – It's time to go digital!
Our first foray into digital selling, we started to sell our products on EBay in 2004.
2007 – Atlantic Shopping is born
2007 saw the launch of the Atlantic Shopping. Selling all sorts of furniture, but specialising in bar stools, Atlantic Shopping was an immediate and unprecedented success!
2010 – Atlantic Shopping gets a brand new website
As the online side of our business expanded, and our range of products grew, we decided to create a brand new website. With a handy refined search (the first on the furniture market), this made finding the perfect stools even easier for our customers!
2012 – Everything goes online
In 2012 we closed our cash and carry, deciding to specialise solely in selling furniture through our trading name Atlantic Shopping. As our recognition grew, our products even began to be featured in kitchen design magazines! We also took on more warehouses around Birmingham, expanding our distribution capabilities even further.
2013 – Showroom opened
We refurbished our showroom in 2013, designing it specifically to display our furniture ranges. Open seven days a week, people were now able to come and view our products at their convenience.
2016 – UK's Number 1 bar stool retailer
In 2016 we remain a family-run business, but on a much larger scale. We are now proud to be the number one retailer of bar stools in the United Kingdom, and have four warehouses as well as a showroom in Birmingham City Centre.