Today marks a very special occasion in the history of Remnant Kings, we're celebrating our 70th Anniversary! Here our Managing Director, and founder's Grandson shares our story 'Remnant Kings, a fabric and haberdashery retailer was established in 1946 in the east end of Glasgow. Frank McKeon and Jim King recognised a demand for home furnishings in post war Scotland and embarked on a journey together to set up a business selling patchwork quilts.
At the time, Frank was a school teacher in Shettleston and had seven children to his wife Liz. With Frank in full time employment, a strong will was required to get the business started and they opened a store in Sword Street, Dennistoun with the name Kings above the door. They sourced off cuts from local textile mills which they used along with other recycled textiles to manufacture the quilts. The roll ends were delivered in large wicker baskets, from which they would sort out into plains and patterns. The fabric was trimmed and ironed and set aside for sewing. A heavy fabric, often tweed, was used as the backing, adding significant weight to the quilts.These were sold via a 'menage'.
A 'menage' was a popular way of purchasing things in post war Glasgow, where the local community would come together, each paying an amount weekly and lots were drawn to decide when they would receive the goods. The person running the 'menage' would usually receive their quilt free of charge in recognition of organising the co-operative style purchasing. More and more customers requested the fabric roll ends for dressmaking and this brought about the change to selling fabrics. With the name Kings above the door, and more remnants being sold, the company became known as Remnant Kings. As the business moved into the second generation, Remnant Kings quickly became a household name in fabric retailing. A reputation gained through a firm commitment to delivering excellent service and outstanding value to the customers.
Frank's youngest son, Farrell McKeon developed the division Remnant Kings Central Ltd. Farrell had a keen eye for buying and a passion for retailing which brought much success to the company. Two of Frank McKeon's grandchildren, Richard McKeon and Lisa Darroch run 5 stores across central Scotland alongside a successful internet business. 70 years from its inception, the Remnant Kings team remain committed to the principles upon which it was built. The company continues to engage with the local sewing community with regular sewing classes, demonstrations and craft events taking place in-store. There are exciting times ahead with the company making significant investment to grow the business. A bespoke EPOS system will be installed this year, while a new flagship store will be opened in the coming months. This third generation family business is proud to be celebrating our long history, keeping their customers at the heart of everything we do.' As we're sure you can imagine, we are extremely proud of our heritage and plan to celebrate accordingly. Join us in store tonight, Thursday 19th May 2016, at our Argyle St store for special treats including a 20% discount, goodie bags, make & takes as well as the unveiling of our Anniversary fabric. And If you can't make it along in store, join in the fun online with the hashtag #RK70