Proud to be Cumbrian and continuing with the family business that has served West Cumbria for more than 150 years, Patrick Lister is passionate about bringing quality furnishings and homewares to the people in his community. With over 100 people employed in the business, the company takes pride in sourcing unique and interesting items that will help to make your house into a home.

The experienced friendly staff will make shopping in one of their stores a real delight, whether it be in the furniture store in Workington, The Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth or either of the baby shops in Workington or Carlisle, their business is to find the right product for you. And now introducing online shopping with a click and collect service too, shopping just couldn’t be easier.

Our History

We have been around for a while, since 1870 in fact. The business has its roots in Workington and the first shop was opened in Finkle Street by JT Lister. His nephew Jim inherited Listers in 1912 and he established a thriving business. After his untimely death in 1932, his wife, Jane nee Whitehead, ran the business until her son Denis Lister returned from war service in 1946.

Denis expanded the business and opened up the now successful Baby shop in Workington. He retired in 1991 and left Listers to his youngest son Patrick. Patrick was already working in the business before his dad retired, and so had time to think about the future.

It is important that businesses move with the times and stay relevant; moving the main furniture business to Clay Flatts in Workington meant that customers could access the shop more easily with free on-site parking. The spacious showroom is on one level, modern furniture displays have been created and is accessible for all.

The Lakes Home Centre was added to the family business in 2004 and the mezzanine floor was created in 2011 establishing a whole floor of space for fabulous furniture collections.

Our specialist Baby Shop in Carlisle was opened in 2015.  And our latest addition was the Horizon Tile and Bathroom Centre in Workington which joined the family in 2018. Horizon is West Cumbria’s most presitgious showroom offering beautiful fitted bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, tiles and exclusive flooring by Amtico and Karndean.  Horizon also offers a vast stock of Farrow & Ball paints.