Growing North Yorkshire store Simply Dutch has gone in for a spot of Animal Magic – with a taste of Africa mixed in.

Simply Dutch, which recently embarked on an expansion programme at its Leeming Bar site near Northallerton, is selling a range of quirky items, including benches designed on elephant and rhino themes.

Simply Dutch is well known for selling an eclectic range of items and has in the past sold everything from gorilla-themed furniture to ornamental giraffes.

The latest items are proving popular for the company, which recently created a 1,000 sq ft show flat on the site, complete with kitchen, living room and bedroom, to demonstrate to customers how the shop’s products can help them create an individual look in their own homes.

Managing Director Jason Hadlow said: “We are known for the madcap things we sell and the elephant and rhino benches are proving very popular.

“I think in a world where we are encouraged to conform, people like to have things a little different in their homes.”

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