Vanessa offers plus size clothing in her warehouse in Domfront.

Vanessa Harrouard took over the Chez Béa sales depot. After three months of opening, the Domfront business had to close due to the Covid-19. Business is back on track.

The Chez Béa clothing depot was created in 2013 by Béatrice Boudaud.After 7 years of activity, the shopkeeper from Domfront en Poiraie (Orne) decided to stop and pass on her shop to her 39 year old daughter.”Before that, I worked for 14 years in mass distribution and 6 years as a nursery assistant, explains Vanessa Harrouard.

On January 8th, I started with my mother’s clientele, the tourists were there, with memorable sales figures. Unfortunately, this dynamic was broken by the coronavirus health crisis.

A beautiful work tool

On May 12, 2020, Vanessa reopened the doors of her sales depot located in the old town centre, opposite the Saint-Julien church: “I wanted to keep the name of the sign as a tribute to my mother who left me a beautiful work tool,” she says.

I’m looking forward to the return of the tourists,” she says.

From 44 to 54

In her shop, the shopkeeper offers second-hand clothes for men, women and children, shoes, accessories (jewellery and bags) as well as services such as a dry cleaning depot and a UPS relay, but not only that, she has also created a large sizes department (from 44 to 54 and beyond on order).

My mother had developed a second-hand plus sizes department, but the stock was not enough to satisfy the customers. So naturally, I came up with the idea of offering new plus sizes clothing, in modern trends and for all budgets.

Open for lunch

The store is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. “At lunchtime, I can be there for people who don’t want to be in contact with other people because of covid-19,” she says.

Vanessa Harrouard is married and lives in Ambrières-les-Vallées and is the mother of a 14-year-old teenager.

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