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Indie opens fifth wine shop: Claire Hu

Published:  04 September, 2009

Cheshire-based merchant Corks Out has opened its fifth branch, attributing its success to consumers being more willing to trade up because they are dining out less.

The new shop has opened in Alderley Edge, joining existing branches in Stockton Heath, Chester, Timperley and most recently Heswall.

Since the business was established in 2003 by proprietor and buyer, Ruth Yates, it has won a raft of awards. The range comprises over 2,500 lines from all over the world, with the emphasis on individual, often family-owned producers and small parcels of wine.

Yates said: 'While the supermarkets are cutting their wine ranges and pushing cheaper and cheaper wines, we are finding great success with our business model of top quality, often exclusive wines from excellent producers, a very high standard of customer service and the personal Corks Out touch.

"In the last 18 months, we have been finding that our customers are more than willing to trade up because they are opting to treat themselves at home rather than go out and they are looking for really good value for money.'