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Major Artistic Supplier drawn to Glasgow with a Massive New Store

As one of the most creative cities in the UK, Glasgow is a natural home for Cass Art which will open a new 6,000 square feet store on Queen Street in October 2014.

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The company, a major supplier of artistic resources and products, established its first shop next to the National Gallery in London in 1984. Now it is rolling out an ambitious expansion programme and Glasgow is the second city in the UK to be involved.

Cass Art’s continued growth and development is down to supplying top brand products at prices that are hard to beat – and a clear focus on what the customer wants.

Chief Executive Mark Cass said: “We negotiate directly with all the leading suppliers. They help us, so we can help the customer and keep our prices as low as possible.”

An extensive range of products is matched by the quality of service and expertise. All Cass Art staff are art graduates.

The new store’s manager, Fiona Meldrum, is returning to her home city of Glasgow after a highly successful period running a Cass Art store in London’s Soho.

The Queen Street store also reflects the company’s distinctive style – designed by the famous Pentagram company – which provides an appealing environment in which to browse and shop.

Glasgow is an obvious city for the company to move to, says Mark. “Glasgow already has a thriving artist community, and we simply want to put a quality pencil or paintbrush in the hand of every artist.

“Art students are also a major part of our target market and the presence of Glasgow School of Art makes complete sense for us. Students are the lifeblood of creativity for future generations – and we are on a mission to provide them with the best art materials possible.”

The Cass (or Cassirer) family has been involved in the world of art for hundreds of years, in terms both of business and philanthropy.

Mark’s great, great uncle Paul was the leading dealer for the impressionists in Europe.

Mark and his father Wilfred (Wilfred turns 90 this year) established the Cass Sculpture Foundation, which commissions large-scale, monumental work to encourage emerging talent.

And following the recent fire at Glasgow School of Art, the company has donated 250 easels to help re-equip the iconic place of learning.

The Cass Art mission statement – “Let’s Fill This Town With Artists” – reflects the family’s love of creativity and their desire to spread the creative message.

 Mark said: “We want everyone to think about art the way they now do about cooking. More individuals now participate in the creative process of cooking for personal enjoyment.

“And we believe many more will discover the personal pleasure that can be achieved through creativity in art.

“Cass Art believes in art. We know the freedom and creative pleasure it brings. So we want everyone to realise they can do it – and afford it.”