They may be closing branches elsewhere but electrical retail group says Wisbech could be set for new super store

12:21 17 July 2014

Hughes Electrical

Hughes Electrical

Archant

A major electrical retail group has revealed it is looking at Wisbech for a possible new store.

Bennetts electrical store early VAT discount sale as parent company Hughes has a change of emphasis. It could be good news along the way for WisbechBennetts electrical store early VAT discount sale as parent company Hughes has a change of emphasis. It could be good news along the way for Wisbech

Hughes said Wisbech is being considered as it announced they are to close branches in Colchester, Woodbridge and Bowthorpe and pull the plug on its Bennetts brand as part of a strategy to put internet shopping at the heart of the business.

Managing director Robert Hughes said the Lowestoft-based company – which employs 800 people and is forecast to turnover £108m this year – was looking to set up new Hughes Plus stores in Bury St Edmunds and West Norfolk, with Wisbech earmarked as possible location.

He said: “We have called it Hughes Plus because it will have so many features that our other shops cannot have.

“They will have installation vehicles that will follow you home with your product, as well as full built-in ranges, including audio and imaging.

“It will have free customer parking for cash and carry, and more room for back up stock.

“We see the growth in the business coming from the people who now research online before they buy,” he added. “Later this summer we will offer a service where that customer can view a product online and then find out whether our shop assistants are available to give them a free demonstration in store.”

Mr Hughes stressed it was vitally important for the company to have a presence in East Anglia’s market towns.

“A lot of big online companies are now trying to set up local outlets because they know that consumers don’t want to see their high streets die, so they will support local shopping.

“We are the only electrical retailer in Hunstanton and Southwold, for example. There is a need to have a specialist in each town, but you have to have some form of back up stock and a range of parking.

“If we hadn’t changed our model, then we wouldn’t be sitting here now,” he added. “And that is the problem for many retailers who don’t have the capital or the ability to adapt to the changes on the high street.”

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cambs Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cambs Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cambs Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Yesterday, 15:34
Seven year old boy dies

A seven-year-old boy who was seriously injured after a collision involving a car has died, police confirmed today (Monday 22).

Yesterday, 17:10
The girl wass taken to Lister Hospital in Stevenage by ambulance

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following an industrial accident in Cambridgeshire.

Yesterday, 16:22
Tracey Baxter, finance director 2nd lef,t with staff at Fox Narrowboats

Staff at Fox Narrowboats in March are celebrating as they handover a cheque for £2157.64 to the British Heart Foundation.

Yesterday, 15:57
Young man 1916

A relative has sent out an appeal to find more information about her great uncle from Wisbech who died during the First World War.

Most read stories

E-edition