Last week we announced that the Axminster North Shields store would be moving sites. This week we report on how the move is going and what has been happening over the past few days.
The North Shields team began de-merchandising and packing up the old store just over a week ago, and made good progress. Welcome assistance arrived from other parts of the company. This included Phil Lewis store manager from Warrington, Rob from Head Office and Amber, Rebecca and Mark from the warehouse in Axminster.
In addition, Axminster HGV driver Graham drove north from Devon to transport all the stock from one store to the other. The target was to get everything packed and ready to move to the new store over Thursday 7th and Friday 8th. Once fully packed up, the final pallet count was around 130 plus some machines and benches.
Focus on merchandising
And so, for the past few days the team have focused on getting the new store merchandised and ready to welcome back customers. As a result, the store is on target to be up and running and open for business from Friday 15th June.
Senior store manager John Flavell commented: “Huge thanks to those staff members who have come up from Devon and across from Warrington to help with the move. And, of course, to the North Shields team for their flexibility and commitment towards moving. The whole process has been a fantastic team effort. We’re not quite fully merchandised yet, but a lot further ahead at this stage than we anticipated. Initially we thought it would take much longer than it has. But due to the efforts of all those involved, we’re on course to be open and operational from Friday 15th June.”
The new address
The full address of the new store is Unit J1a Hamar Close, Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate, North Shields NE29 7XB.