A cookware shop was saved from administration in a buy out that preserved the jobs of nine people.

In January kitchenware retailer Steamer Trading was saved from administration by Gloucestershire based cookware specialists, ProCook.

The acquisition saved 330 jobs across the UK, a deal that included nine jobs in the St Peter's Street St Albans store.

Steamer Trading Cookshop first appeared in 2006 in The Maltings shopping precinct before moving to St Peter’s Street in October 2011.

Daniel O’Neill, owner of ProCook, said: “We are delighted to announce this news and see it as a fantastic opportunity for Steamer Trading and ProCook to grow both brands. Our focus will continue to be on providing excellent value for money, great service and innovative high-quality homewares. The St Albans store is one of the highest performing Steamer Trading stores in the country so we wanted to get the new product lines in there as soon as possible to ensure customers are getting the widest choice. ”

Following a refurbishment, the store will reopen to reveal its new look on Thursday 21st March.

Customers will be able to enjoy a free coffee and shop all the big brands already associated with Steamer Trading including Robert Welch, Emma Bridgewater, Cuisinart and Joseph Joseph, as well as stylish new ranges from ProCook.