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    • Qype User tdste…
    • Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
    • 3 friends
    • 128 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    Deceptively large store but still a lot smaller than out of town stores. Has good range of furniture and staff friendly without being pushy. Often has good markdowns on items form time to time. Leather sofas, marble / wood tables / beds etc Probably one of the top 3 furniture stores in Newcastle. It is sited on a road with no right turn and parking not always easy. Try parking in the rooftop parking facility above Sainsbury nearby

    • Qype User Jamesd…
    • Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    8/8/2009

    Dye cast on sofa
    Ian Robson, Sunday Sun, 14 December 2008

    North woman's sofa complaint knocked back

    JANICE Tizard is dye-ing for an answer to her complaint about World Furnishings.

    But owner Ifaquar Shah was not prepared to talk to me at length.

    Janice had complained about colour coming off her leather furniture.

    And she had every reason to be hopeful for a resolution after commissioning an independent report into the two settees.

    The report said: On inspection it was clear there is a serious problem with the leather on the seat cushions.

    Along the front and corners of the cushions the top colour is starting to peel away from the leather revealing a beige base coat.

    This fault could be caused by the sealer that is used to stop the colour coming off being applied liberally in these areas.

    It is also possible that the chemical sealer may be having a reaction to other chemicals used in the colouring process. I would consider this a serious manufacturing fault and would only expect the areas affected to deteriorate further.

    World Furnishings, however, said the problem was caused by wear and tear.

    They told Janice in a letter: I can confirm the areas affected are due to wear and tear and are not a fault.

    The areas in question are mostly affected by rivets, buckles, and zips.

    It was not an argument Jean, of Seaham, County Durham, accepted.

    She said: I don't know about you but my trousers zip up the front and my belt fastens on my waist.

    I asked Mr Shah for a comment hoping to give him a chance to speak in detail about Janice's complaint and the damning independent report.

    He said: We have written to the lady in question and we have no more comments to make.

    I am more than happy to provide space for a more detailed reply next week.

    THUMBS DOWN
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    Customer fears as World Furnishings store closes
    Apr 26 2009 by Rob Pattinson, Sunday Sun

    FEARS are mounting for thousands of pounds of customers' cash after a North furniture chain unexpectedly shut up shop.

    A question mark hangs over the fate of World Furnishings. Both its Newcastle and Sunderland stores sit empty, stripped of stock and its fixtures and fittings.

    But despite a notice in the window saying the company is in liquidation, accountants acting on behalf of owner Ifaquar Shah say that is not the case.

    Teesside-based Taylor Rowland Chartered Accountants have confirmed the company has ceased trading, and liquidation is expected as early as next week.

    A spokesperson said: We have been appointed by Mr Shah to call a meeting of shareholders, but at this stage the company has not been put in to liquidation.

    Customers are keen to seek reassurances over their buys, but Shah has been un-contactable since the closures. Stock from the stores in Ivy Road, Gosforth, and Fawcett Street, Sunderland, is understood to have been placed in storage for safe-keeping.

    Police and Trading Standards have both confirmed they have received calls from customers but no improper trading or illegal activity is being investigated.

    Wealthy Shah was registered director of World Furnishings Ltd when the company was started in 2002. Last year he became the registered secretary (a director's position) of World Furnishings (North East) Ltd. His wife Noreen Shah, was registered as the company's director. She too has been un-contactable.

    There is no public record of either company being wound up.

    The furniture tycoon owns an expensive town house in the exclusive Brandling Village area of Jesmond, Newcastle, which is let. Until recently he lived at a luxury family home, in East Boldon, near Sunderland.

    But when the Sunday Sun went to speak to him we were told it was not his house.

    A woman claiming to be his cousin, but refusing to give her name, said he had been staying there but had moved away at the start of the year to, somewhere south.

    The claims conflicted with reports from friends, and his accountant, who believe he is still in the region.

    A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council said: If any consumers have a complaint, alternatively, they can contact the Government-backed advice agency, Consumer Direct, on 08454-040506.
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    World Furnishings boss owed customers 100k
    Jun 14 2009 by Rob Pattinson, Sunday Sun

    NORTH furniture boss Ifaquar Shah owed customers more than £100,000 when his luxury furnishings firm folded, the Sunday Sun can reveal.

    The figure has been admitted as part of a debt totalling £750,000 the entrepreneur has put his name to.

    A signed affidavit attached to a statement of his company's affairs has been lodged with Companies House by joint liquidators Taylor Rowlands.

    The estimated accounts show Mr Shah admitted owing an estimated £4500 in outstanding wages and holiday-pay to his staff and more than £160,000 to suppliers.

    Customers who had paid for and put down

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