Everything about Abbey Street Shopping Centre represents the unique character of an organically grown family business which has focussed its growth around the demands and needs of its loyal and local customers.
Launched in 1991 by Mr.Rohni Vij & Mr.Bhushan Vij, Since 1985 trading as ‘The Vij Brothers’ and ‘TruSchoolwear’ brand, the business has seen year on year growth and remains a heavy-weight player in the North West region, in particular in the school uniform realm.
Abbey Street Shopping Centre has over the years acquired a number of local businesses, in particular, those with a School Uniform presence. The business now stocks and supplies uniforms in respect of over 150 Schools with over 15 Corporate Businesses and the list is forever growing.
We have taken over Well known businesses over the Years in the list below and stock everything under one roof in our Accrington Store:
TOP CLASS SCHOOLWEAR – BASED IN ACCRINGTON YEAR TAKE OVER 1993
WONDERLAND - BASED IN ACCRINGTON YEAR TAKE OVER 1998
CLASS ACT – BASED IN HASLINGDEN YEAR TAKE OVER 1999
PLAYTIME – BASED IN ACCRINGTON YEAR TAKE OVER 2000
TOTS TO TEENS– BASED IN CLITHEROE YEAR TAKE OVER 2015 SMFA - BASED IN WYTHENSHAWE TAKE OVER 2019
With over three decades of experience within the industry and a plethora of suppliers on its panel (some of which are exclusive to trading with Vij Brothers only), the business has fine-tuned the balance between providing outstanding quality whilst yet maintaining an offering to its customers in respect of keeping all year round competitive prices.
In recent years, the business has seen further growth with the introduction of Mr.Rohit Vij (joined 1997) who has since expanded the business beyond Schoolwear and into areas such as Corporate/Workwear and Extra-Curricular clothing (including brownies, rainbows, cubs, beavers, scouts, guides and dancewear etc).
Rohit and his team continually source and design new products, often liaising directly with the Heads of Schools and its Governors to ensure that uniforms are kept practical and fit for purpose in accordance with the feedback and requests of its customers.
With the above in mind, the business offers a unique service whereby bespoke items (whether it be a one-off piece or the need for a special size for an item of clothing) can be made to order even at short notice.
As firm advocates of the British goods industry, we are one of the last remaining stores in Accrington to ensure that our Schoolwear items are made in England from start to finish.