The Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Brian Wood, was on hand to officially open Hughes Electricals’ new 7,500sq ft store in Stadium Way on the outskirts of Rayleigh Weir.
Hughes took over the premises from Tower Radio on June 1 and has invested over £250,000 on the revamped store, which includes dedicated areas supported by brands including Samsung, LG, Bosch and Miele.
Hughes managing director Robert Hughes commented: “When we heard Tower Radio were vacating the premises we moved in quickly to secure the lease, retain the staff and then create an ultra-modern store which means residents in the surrounding area will still be able to shop locally for their electrical goods. Our nearest existing store is in Colchester so we see this as a natural area to expand into.
“It has been designed to reflect the way consumers are now shopping. They want to go online to look at and compare products so we have invested heavily in our website. It enables them to check stock levels, see where products are demonstrated and offers the ‘click & collect’ service.
“Customers want stores to have a comfortable shopping environment with large product displays, free onsite parking with friendly and knowledgeable staff – which is what we have created in Rayleigh Weir.”