Heritage

Our Heritage

Cosgroves is a family business which prides itself on providing the very best range of fashions combined with our famous customer service and attention to detail to give a personal and friendly service for all our customers.

Our story starts after the war when Henry Cosgrove, or Cos as he was known, bought a business which involved travelling the Yorkshire Dales and parts of Lancashire selling work wear, made to measure suits, ladies wear, bedding and blankets to the farming community. It would take him around 13 weeks to cover his round but he always returned to his stock room off the high street in Skipton on a Saturday!

In the 1970’s Cos moved to Rimington, a few doors down from a working garage. When part of the premises became vacant, Cos moved his stockroom from Skipton to Rimington, surrounded by an established haulage, taxi and garage business. As the garage closed, the stock room became a shop and expanded into the vacant space where he introduced a selection of ladies wear.

In 1990, the business expanded further with the acquisition of an existing menswear business in Whalley. The premises have been expanded over the years to house one of the widest selections of menswear fashions in the Northwest.

Over the years, the condition of the garage in Rimington deteriorated and when the roof began to leak, drastic measures needed to be taken. The premises at the front were demolished whilst the business continued to trade at the rear….by no means an easy task. Regular customers remained loyal and supportive and in December 2004, a brand new luxury ladies store was opened. We now offer a complete lifestyle wardrobe from casuals through to evening wear with a wonderful array of wedding and special occasion outfits.

We are proud to offer two flagship stores providing high quality menswear in Whalley alongside our elegant ladieswear collection in Rimington. We’d love to see you soon.