PC World store to close in na­tion­wide shake-up

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Up For Awards - By Ai­dan Bar­low

An elec­tron­ics gi­ant is set to close one of its Ash­ford stores as part of a na­tion­wide shake-up of its op­er­a­tions.

Curry’s PC World cur­rently oc­cu­pies the 15,000 sq ft store at the Ash­ford Retail Park in Bar­rey Road, Sev­ing­ton.

But staff have re­port­edly been told that the store will close, and their jobs will be moved to the other Curry’s store on the Gal­lagher Retail Park, in Nor­man Road, South Ash­ford.

The changes are part of a na­tion­wide three-in-one strat­egy out­lined by the par­ent com­pany Dixons Car­phone to com­bine PC World, Curry’s and Car­phone Ware­house stores in sin­gle sites.

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s Christ­mas trad­ing state­ment, the plan will re­sult in the clo­sure of 134 stores across the coun­try.

The state­ment said: “We have de­cided to launch a ma­jor pro­gramme to roll this for­mat out across the whole mar­ket and put the port­fo­lio into its longterm state.

“We have been do­ing this on a small scale for some years, and are very con­fi­dent that the im­pact on sales and col­league num­bers will be neu­tral or bet­ter.

“In ad­di­tion, our ex­pe­ri­ence shows that col­leagues pre­fer work­ing in, and cus­tomers pre­fer shop­ping in, our new threein-one for­mat stores.”

The com­pany has set aside £50 mil­lion to help re­fit its stores and a fur­ther £70 mil­lion for va­cat­ing ex­ist­ing prop­erty, as­set write­downs and other costs.

The com­pany be­lieves its earn­ings for the next fi­nan­cial year will be mod­est but reck­ons £20 mil­lion a year will be saved.

Dixons Car­phone chief ex­ec­u­tive Seb James said the com­pany en­joyed a 5% in­crease in sales at the end of last year, and is set to make a pre-tax profit of £440 mil­lion. He added: “We are see­ing the ben­e­fits of the merger that we ex­pected, and th­ese will roll through into the next year.”

Mean­while at the Ash­ford Retail Park, work con­tin­ues on the se­cond half of the site, with stores such as B&M Bar­gains, Dreams, Tapi and Costa Coffee set to open in the spring.

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Pic­ture: Matt Bris­tow FM4218797

PC World at Ash­ford Retail Park

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