Sheffield company celebrates 40 years in business

Sheffield business JTF Home & Garden is set to celebrate 40 years in business this September.

Since the start of the journey in 1979, JTF has expanded across the North and Midlands to now operate 12 retail stores in addition to an online store for customers across the country.

John Fretwell launched what was then JT Frith in the late 70s, moving from selling watches from the barber shop he worked in to the first JTF store in Mansfield Woodhouse.

Originally consisting of just a small showroom selling ornaments, watches, nick-nacks and other goods to companies in the surrounding area, it didn’t take long for John to look further afield with Sheffield becoming the chain’s third store to open in May 1999,  following additional branches in Sheffield and Lincoln, eventually expanding to the 12 in operation today.

JTF’s Liam Gill, CEO, comments: “We look forward to the next 40 years of passing on value to our customer and delighting those who shop with us. I am thoroughly looking forward to having some fun in celebrating the birthday alongside both our teams and our customers and hope to see customers new and old in store.”

Tony Downing, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, will open the freshly renovated Sheffield branch for the first time as part of the celebrations on Saturday September 28.