OUR KITCHEN HERITAGE
Deep roots in the kitchen industry
Although Wren Kitchens was born in 2009, the family behind Wren has a long association with the kitchen industry.
The journey began in the 1950s with Newhome Paint in Hull, a flourishing painting and decorating supplies business before the family branched out into the highly successful Status Discount stores which they ran during the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1976, the family set up Hygena, manufacturing kitchens from a 40,000 sq ft factory in Howden, East Yorkshire. Over the next 11 years it grew dramatically. At one point one in three kitchens in the UK was a Hygena kitchen.
Hygena’s smart and beautiful designs fuelled the popularity of the fitted kitchen. As a result, the size of British kitchens began to grow and the room’s role in our homes started to change. Family life started to revolve around the kitchen as a place to eat, entertain, work and play.
After revolutionising the kitchen market in the UK, the family decided to sell Hygena and move to the US, implementing the same business core aims into another kitchen retailer, ‘Mills Pride’. After becoming the 2nd largest kitchen manufacturer in the US, the family decided to sell and return home to the UK.
From the early days in 2009 and two showrooms, Wren has grown into the largest kitchen manufacturer and retailer in the UK with more than 100 showrooms nationwide. Our collections Vogue, Infinity and Infinity Plus make up the largest, most diverse kitchen range in the UK, offering millions of unique combinations.
In 2016, Wren created the Infinity collections which took £50 million of investment, bringing the total manufacturing space across three sites in excess of 1.5 million square feet. The collection raised the bar in fitted kitchens and now makes up the largest, most diverse kitchen range in the UK.