Hughes Electrical has invested £200,000 in the opening of its new store in Bury St Edmunds, which has also created six new jobs.
The new shop, located on the corner of Brentgovel Street and St John’s Street, was previously occupied by Mothercare. The electrical retailer has operated in the town since 1981 and the new store is twice the size of the previous one in Buttermarket, with 12 members of staff – doubling the workforce.
Andy Yallop has managed the Hughes store for the past 17 years and will continue in that role in the new shop. He said: “We are all delighted to make the move, because it means there will be a far greater range of large and small kitchen appliances on display, as well as home entertainment products, which Hughes is best known for.
“The store has car parking at the front and rear of the building allowing our customers to take advantage of the click-and-collect’ service offered at www.hughes.co.uk. The storeroom is also over twice the size, allowing easier cash-and-carry sales.”
Hughes Electrical managing director Robert Hughes added: “Over the years, we have seen around 10 electrical retailers shut their doors in the town, including Dixons, Powerhouse, Rumbelows, Bennetts, Comet and Radio Rentals. However, we always have, and always will, be totally committed to Bury St Edmunds, which we have underlined by opening this new store.”
The Hughes Electrical Group currently employs more than 900 people and has annual sales of £110 million. It sells through high-street shops, the internet and trade centres.
Mr Hughes added: “Our staff have excellent product knowledge and genuinely care about their customers and this has enabled us to not only remain on the high street but expand into bigger stores like this one in Bury. Already this year we have done exactly the same in Great Yarmouth and Swaffham both of which have proved highly successful.”