Hughes electrical store set to expand and relocate in North Walsham
Robert Hughes of Hughes Electrical Photo by Simon Finlay
An electrical store is investing 500,000 in a relocation and expansion at North Walsham.
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Hughes, currently in the town s Market Place, has bought the Plummer Brothers shop on New Road – which will be its new base after a major expansion and revamp.
Plummers, which has been running since 1960, will move its contracting business to a new base at Cornish Way on the town s industrial estate.
The enlarged shop will be revamped and reopened as Hughes in eight to 10 weeks time – quadrupling the size of the current Market Place shop, and enabling a wider range of products and services. All staff are being retained under the move.
Hughes managing director Robert Hughes said: We have been looking for the opportunity to expand our operation in North Walsham into larger, freehold premises for some time.
Plummer Bros retail business has been successfully run by Hazel Sadler for many years but she now wishes to retire. We are delighted to come to an agreement with her to acquire the shop and its trade as well as take on the staff who have also worked for some years with Hazel.
The new store will have 1,700sq ft of retail space, four times that of our existing store, and will allow us to have a much greater range of products on display, particular IT and home entertainment which will compliment the already strong range of kitchen appliances offered by Plummer Bros, he added.
The extra space would also include a warehouse dedicated to the increasingly popular click & collect service available via the company s website.
Mr Hughes said: This represents a significant investment for us and we are confident it will be a real boost for North Walsham, combining the best of two long standing local companies.
There has been much negative publicity concerning the future of the UK s high street, and in particular the electrical sector with its much publicised failures.
However we firmly believe there is room for successful companies to expand in this area as long as they continue to provide outstanding customer service and make their stores pleasant places to visit.
This year Hughes had already doubled the size of outlets in Lowestoft – its head office and where the company was founded – and Cambridge as well as opening a brand new store in Spalding.
Last year Hughes Electrical supplied 3,000 kitchen appliances to the London Olympics.