National distributor AWA Bathrooms has notified showroom customers and suppliers that it will stop trading as of December 31, 2012.
The Bedfordshire-based business distributes 35 bathroom brands from the likes of Ideal Standard, Mira, Twyford Bathrooms, JT and Grohe nationwide.
Founded in 1965 as AW Andes in central London, the family-owned company then supplied only the South region. Following expansion, it made moves in London and Hertfordshire before resting at a 76,000sq distribution warehouse in Biggleswade.
The company also went on to open a facility in Manchester, which has since closed. A carrier service supplies the North and South West of England, as well as Wales.
AWA was acquired by Durston UK along with its merchant brand Fayers Plumbing & Building Supplies and Just Add Water retail showrooms.
Group managing director of Durston UK, Malcolm Whitton commented: "Following a detailed review of Durston (UK) Ltd business activities and in the light on ongoing difficult trading conditions, we have identified the need to focus on the futher development of our North London Fayers merchanting and Just Add Water bathroom showroom businesses going forward.
"As a result, and after careful consideration, we have embarked on a period of consulationa withthe effect staff at the Biggleswade head quarters of AWA Bathrooms Ltd on a phased and orderly withdrawal from this distribution element of our business by the 31st December 2012. We will continue to service customers in the interim period.
"It is with much regret that we have reached this decision, particularly in relation to such a longstanding and well-respected name in the industry."
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