01:31AM, Friday 19 October 2012
A famous store that became part of the Windsor street scene nearly a century ago has unveiled its new face to the world.
Over the last 18 months a large chunk of the famous Daniel store has been flattened and rebuilt from scratch. Now the new frontage has been unveiled in Peascod Street, ready for a grand reopening on Tuesday, October 30.
Edward Durkin, 24, was assistant project manager. He is one of the young generation of Daniels. His ancestor Walter James Daniel opened the store in Windsor in 1918.
His mother Trudy Durkin and her cousin John Daniel are still the managing directors.
He said: "The old building had a low ceiling, little light. It was not airy. The first and second floors were not fit for customers so were just used as storerooms.
"The new building boasts a huge skylight, floor to ceiling windows and there will be a large mural alongside the escalator showing off Windsor landmarks.
"A new Sushi restaurant has already opened on the premises and the store will also boast a tailor and dry cleaner on site - a real one-stop shop."
It will operate on three floors - each with its own colour scheme, taking the entire Daniel site shop space from 67,000 sq ft to 80,000.
The first floor will host a coffee shop by the window, children's wear and gifts; the ground floor accessories, jewellery, millinery and hosiery; the lower ground floor homewares.
The Daniel facade covers 100 feet along Peascod Street, half of it fronting their rebuilt store - the other half will front a site let to new arrivals in town Monsoon and C and H Fabrics.
The first customer at the new look Daniel is promised a special welcome.
Scroll through a slideshow of photos from Daniel's history above.
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