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New barbers to open its doors in Darlington

New barbers to open its doors in Darlington
11 April 2021

Darlington’s newest barber shop will dish out post-lockdown trims tomorrow.

Head Quarters Barbers & Beverages is opening on West Auckland Road, as well as Bishop Auckland and Middlesbrough, creating 30 jobs. 

Owner Mike Racz, said: “Our mission is to bring one of the oldest professions into the 21st Century. 

“We’re introducing new technology across the board from booking systems to the shop floor. It’s a traditional barbers with a modern twist.”

The shop’s interior will feature a leather Chesterfield sofa, traditional personalised barber chairs and a self-serve bar where punters can pull a chilled beer.

Booking is available via an app, with live waiting times - so customers know when the next barber is free.

The Head Quarters team say they have created a unique product range with a signature scent, which will be used by their barbers and also available to purchase in-store and online.

HQ Managing Director, Richard Bland, a former director and shareholder of the well-known SAKS Franchise chain, has worked in the hairdressing industry for over 35 years.

He said: “When I heard about this new business idea, I knew I had to be part of it. We’ve had a lot of fun – mixed with a lot of hard work – to perfect what we want to be an exciting change to the way barbers are run.

“Hairdressing has been hit really hard by Covid. We are thrilled to be able to offer 30 jobs across our first three salons. We will also be offering conversion courses for hairdressers wishing to work for HQ - working for us will be a career, not just a job.”

Darlington Borough Council’s Assistant Director of Economic Growth, Mark Ladyman, said: “Head Quarters are a welcome addition to our town. After a year like no other, when lots of businesses were forced to close their doors, it was for many a sink or swim situation. As our town returns to some kind of normal, I am delighted that HQ are able to offer jobs to local people. I wish them the best of luck.”

Appointments are now available to book. All Head Quarters stores will be open 8am until 8pm, seven days a week. Visit www.head-quarters.co.uk or download their app.

“Head Quarters are a welcome addition to our town. After a year like no other, when lots of businesses were forced to close their doors, it was for many a sink or swim situation. As our town returns to some kind of normal, I am delighted that HQ are able to offer jobs to local people. I wish them the best of luck.”

- Assistant Director of Economic Growth, Mark Ladyman