Sofa retailer SCS is rolling out a carpet and flooring department into all of its 95 stores.

Former Carpetright managing director Charles Coombes will head up the new division.

SCS chief executive David Knight said: “We’ve carried out a lot of research into what our customers want, and found that most people typically replace both their sofas and carpets at the same time. So it seemed logical to bring both purchases together under one roof.

“It’s brilliant news for the customer as it makes the buying decision so much easier, and fantastic news for us as we’ll be the first and only retailer to offer both sofas and carpets in the same store.”

The new carpet department will be introduced into SCS’s North East stores in September then rolled out nationally over the following months.

SCS also plans to further develop its online proposition and has appointed former Bestseller and WE Fashion man Shaun Dunn to lead its online division.