axminster tools & machinery to open new store in cardiff
North Shields store which opened in March 2015
East Devon based company, Axminster Tools & Machinery, is expanding the retail side of its business once more. With a presence already in the Home Counties, Midlands, South West, North West and North East, the tool retailer is now planning to open a store in the Cardiff area.
The new outlet, which is scheduled to open this November, is situated at Valegate Retail Park on Copthorne Way (CF5 6EH) to the west of Cardiff city centre and will be the eighth store in the Axminster chain.
With 12,000 square feet of retail space, the Cardiff store will be open seven days a week, including bank holidays, in line with most other retail outlets in the area, recognising that many customers, due to their own work/life commitments, often find it more convenient to shop on a Sunday. Although the new store will appeal to a wide range of customers, it will also display an impressive range of industrial machinery including models from Axminster’s own Industrial Series. The store will also offer a delivery service in the local area for customers who, for example, purchase a machine but cannot get it into their own vehicle.
One aspect that will differ from all the other Axminster stores is that some signage will be in both English and Welsh.
Retail Development Director, Darran McLeod said: "The new store will be more or less the same size as the majority of our other branches and it will have some of the new concepts we introduced into the North Shields store (AT&M’s most recent store). The store allows us to have approximately 10,500 lines on display and available in stock as well as some other features such as the Live Workshop, so customers can get hands-on with a wide selection of our tools and machinery. Although a new store, it will still maintain the Axminster ethos of offering high quality advice and customer service."
When choosing the site for the new store, Axminster looked at many other premises in the Cardiff area. “The potential of this site soon became apparent” continued Darran. “It provides a store that will enable products to be displayed effectively and is in a highly populated area with a solid infrastructure, making the store easily accessible for not only the people of Cardiff, but also the surrounding areas and from the M4.”
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