Luxury kitchen showroom opens in Rochester High Street as Nimbus Lighting quits after four decades

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A high-end kitchen showroom is about to open a store in Rochester High Street.

Kitchen House Design (KHD) moves into the former premises of Nimbus Lighting which, after 44 years, was one of the oldest companies in town.

Kitchens showroom for moving in Rochester High Street
James Taylor, Director of Kitchen Design
James Taylor, Director of Kitchen Design

The new owners are currently overseeing a major refurbishment of the Grade II listed building and hope to open in around six to eight months.

The family business, which has a boutique in Maidstone, specializes in bespoke German brands and boasts of offering ‘classic, contemporary ultra-chic design’ designs.

Manager Les Harrison, who lives in Cliffe, said: “We’re really looking forward to opening. There’s a lot of work to do. We’re planning to open the back which was apparently an old motorcycle museum.

“We love the charm of the High Street and will ensure that our renovation is in keeping with the rest of the city.”

KDH offers to design, manufacture and equip kitchens using appliances from major brands, such as Miele, Liebherr and Siemens.

Store owner Daniel Firth
Store owner Daniel Firth

It specializes in German Schuller and Next125 kitchens.

Nimbus eventually closed after owner Daniel Firth announced his retirement in November 2020.

Said to be Kent’s largest lighting store, it also sold a variety of unusual items, from vintage retro telephones to Betty Boop figurines.

But known for its huge range of thousands of lights and shades – from table lamps to chandeliers – the company has earned a glowing reputation over the years.


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