399 Strand, the home of stamp and collectibles dealers Stanley Gibbons, is undergoing a complete refurbishment of its world famous shop in time for the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition being held in May.
Work started on 4th February to expand the retail area with better, clearer displays, dedicated seating for stamp viewing and interactive information points for an exciting new shopping experience.
The famous curved stamp counter will remain and the shop will continue to offer an unrivalled range of philatelic items, coupled with the expertise expected from the dedicated team of philatelic specialists.
Business as usual almost
On 4th February Frasers Autographs vacated the first floor gallery. During this time Frasers will continue to operate via mail order and the website www.frasersautographs.com with a free postage promotion for orders placed during the refurbishment. Frasers auction lot viewings and appraisals will be by appointment only during this time. Stamp auction lot viewings and valuations will also be by appointment only.
On 15th February the stamp shop will temporarily relocate to the first floor Frasers Gallery for six weeks, with customers accessing the store by the side office entrance which will be clearly signposted.
On the 29th March the stamp shop will relocate to part of its new permanent home in the basement.
The shop is due for completion mid-April when the stamp shop will comprise two new-look floors and a revamped flexible first floor space for seminars, events, meetings and auctions.
The new look 399 Strand will host several special events for collectors during the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition in May, with a free shuttle bus operating between the Business Design Centre and the new look store to give everyone a chance to check out the changes.
With more stamps and accessories on display than ever before, the new look 399 Strand is sure to form an integral part of the London 2010 experience.
The refurbishment work will be documented photographically and uploaded to the Stanley Gibbons website www.stanleygibbons.com/newshop. Visit the website regularly to find out whats going on and when and catch a glimpse of the new look 399 before it opens to the public mid April.
Have your say
Whether you would like to change the opening hours, have a comment on the refund policy or Strand Savers Card or have something more general you would like to say, upload your comments at www.stanleygibbons.com/newshop