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Absolutely Fabulous Day as Sandersons Spa is Launched at Fox Valley!

Absolutely Fabulous Day as Sandersons Spa is Launched at Fox Valley!
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Absolutely Fabulous Day as Sandersons Spa is Launched at Fox Valley!

18 September 2019

The team at Sandersons Department Store at Fox Valley welcomed back their Absolutely Fabulous friend Joanna Lumley OBE today for the launch of the store’s unique new Wellness Spa and Organics area.

Hundreds of shoppers turned out for the chance to meet the celebrity guest who spent time chatting to staff and shoppers as well as being given a tour of the award-winning shopping centre by managing director of Dransfield Properties, Mark Dransfield.

Two beautifully designed treatment rooms as well as a relaxing and calm, lounge-style seating area have been created – with a reception area and access from the ground floor of the main store.

Both the Spa and the Sandersons Organics concept have been created to build on the lasting legacy of the store’s founder Deborah Holmes, who passed away in January this year.

Deborah was passionate about the importance of the ingredients used in skincare and beauty products as well as appreciating complementary and alternative therapies.

The store is working with brands including Voya, SKN-RG, Clarins and Caudalie as well as SoNatural Therapy.
Joanna Lumley officially opened the north Sheffield retail development in June 2016 when Sandersons was still being built. Deborah Holmes gave Ms Lumley a tour of the site and showed her the vision of the store.

Today she returned to the store to see that vision come to fruition and to open the new Wellness Spa and Organics.

Ms Lumley said: “I can’t tell you how exciting it has been to be here. The first time I came to Fox Valley I thought it was so perfect. Today I have come back and its lovely to see that all the trees have grown, everything has settled in, some of the shops have changed and it is all looking just sensational.

“Opening that beautiful spa in memory of Debs and being in Sandersons today has just been wonderful.  This is such a fantastic place; it is as if it was always here and as if it is as old as the hills that surround it and just as beautiful.”

Mark Dransfield, who is the managing director of Dransfield Properties, said: “It’s been such a proud day for the whole Sandersons team to have the opportunity to show Joanna Lumley our lovely store and it’s been such a wonderful tribute to Debs.

“We really have set out to create something special here at Sandersons Spa and Organics.”

The Sandersons Spa team have received specialist training in all the products including a fact-finding training visit to Voya at Sligo in Ireland where the company harvests the seaweed for its detoxifying treatments.

The launch of the Sandersons Spa comes just a week after the store was awarded “Best New Retailer” at the Drapers Independent Awards.

Customers can now book treatments for the Spa through the Sandersons website on


For further information, contact:-

Public Relations Department, Dransfield Properties Ltd
Tel: 01226 360644