New Hughes Electrical store doubles firm’s workforce in Bury St Edmunds

Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical, and Andy Yallop, store manager, at the compan

Robert Hughes, managing director of Hughes Electrical, and Andy Yallop, store manager, at the company's new branch in Bury St Edmunds. - Credit: Archant

Hughes Electrical has opened the doors of its new store in Bury St Edmunds following a £200,000 investment which has also created six new jobs, doubling the size of its workforce in the town.

The company has taken over premises on the corner of Brentgovel Street and St John’s Street previously occupied by Mothercare.

Hughes has operated in the town since 1981 but the new store is more than twice the size of the previous branch, in the Buttermarket.

The team at the new store will continue to be led by Andy Yallop who has managed the Hughes store in Bury for more than 17 years.

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.”

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The store has car parking at the front and rear of the building, allowing customers to take advantage of the company’s online “click & collect” service.

Hughes Electrical managing director Robert Hughes added: “Over the years we have seen around 10 electrical retailers shut their doors in the town. However we always have and we always will be totally committed to Bury St Edmunds which we have underlined by opening this new store.

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“I live in Bury myself and believe we have a shopping centre that is the envy of many market towns. So I am delighted that Hughes finally has a store here to be proud of and that meets the ambitions of both ourselves and our customers.

“We believe this investment will be a real boost for St Johns Street which is home to many interesting and vibrant independent retailers that helps make our town so distinct.”

The Hughes Electrical Group is now one of East Anglia’s largest companies with annual sales of £110million and employing more than 900 people. It sells through high street shops, the internet and trade centres.

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