AN HISTORIC Leeds retailer is making a comeback with a brand new cookery school and online business.
Peter Maturi, the kitchenwares retailer, was established in 1880 and had a flagship store at Vicar Lane, Leeds, as well as in Harrogate and Manchester.
Last March it closed its doors after more than 114 years in business.
The purpose built modern cookery school is set to open in ‘early January’ in Lancaster, according to the company’s twitter and Facebook sites.
A statement on the company website states: “We are delighted to announce that petermaturi.com has new owners and will be back in January 2015 with a brand new cookery school and an updated website with more brands and products than ever.
“We would like to thank all our customers new and old for their support and look forward to dealing with you again in the new year.”
The Leeds shop closed on Saturday, March 22, 2014, the company said it was “Due to pressures of internet shopping and excessive business rates and rent, the shops are unsustainable.”
Peter Maturi senior was born in Pinzolo, Italy, in 1870.
He was one of 25 children and came to England with four brothers, who set up the Leeds store in 1899, on George Street.
At first, Mr Maturi served other local businesses, and with only a bicycle and a barrow he sharpened knives and scissors across Leeds.
In 1911 he exchanged his barrow for a motorcar and in 1943, and moved to larger premises at Ludgate Hill. In 1955, the business moved again to Vicar Lane. Along with sons, Alfred and Peter, and wife Esther, the company expanded.
At the age of 76, Peter Maturi senior died, but his family continued. In 1961, it relocated to a new development at Eastgate before moving back to Vicar Lane in 1996.
The business, which was best known for its cookware ranges, kitchen gadgets, pans, utensils, coffee machines, bakeware and cutlery. celebrated its centenary in 1999, when it played host to well known television chefs, including Anthony Worrall Thompson, Brian Turner, James Martin and Nick Nairn.