Mail order and Internet furniture retailer Myakka will this weekend open its first dedicated retail showroom and says more could follow.

The Somerset based company — which specialises in ethically sourced and sustainable furniture and home accents — will open a 1,300sqft split-level shop on Guildford High Street on Saturday (28th Feb).

Holby City actor Jules Knight will join Myakka — which has been trading online and through its catalogues for 15 years — for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at midday.

The fair trade retailer says the success of the Guildford shop will steer any decision, but in essence there are long term intentions to open more showrooms.

It says it would like to add strategically located shops that will support its catalogue and online activity. The company also has a warehouse outlet in Wincanton.