Three of the recently closed Bennetts’ stores in Norfolk are back up and running under the ownership of Lowestoft-based Hughes electrical, saving 117 jobs.

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Bennetts store manager, James Rogers, at ther re-opened Dereham Bennetts shop. Picture: Denise Bradley.

Bennetts is trading once more in Norwich after its Hall Road shop was re-opened.

The superstore was closed last month when the well-established Norfolk retailer went into administration.

But it is one of six stores to be rescued by Lowestoft-based Hughes Electrical, saving 117 jobs – 33 of them at the Hall Road site – following 228 staff being made redundant after Bennetts went into administration on March 10.

The Hall Road shop is joined by the stores in Dereham and Cromer in re-opening, with outlets in Martlesham in Suffolk, Farnham in Surrey and Colchester Tollgate also open again.

Stores which will not reopen include Longwater, Holt, Diss, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Bury St Edmunds, Chelmsford and a second Colchester store.

Hughes Electrical managing director, Robert Hughes is delighted to get the shops open again, which will retain their original Bennetts branding.

He said: “We have been working flat out since we acquired the stores on March 22 and it’s a great tribute to all concerned that we have got them open again so quickly.

“I am glad to say we have been able to recruit a total of 117 former Bennetts’ staff.”

The Dereham shop, in Yaxham Road, has enjoyed an “overwhelming” response from customers since it reopened last Friday.

Twelve staff are employed there – as it did before it shut – and all are former Bennetts employees who either worked at Dereham or other outlets.

While staff at the Cromer shop, on the North Norfolk Retail Park off Holt Road, breathed a collective sigh of relief after all kept hold of their jobs.

The store used to employ six full-time and one part-time member of staff, all of whom have retained their jobs and have been handling stock from the closed Holt branch.

The Hall Road store will open 9am to 8pm weekdays, Saturdays 9am-6pm and Sundays 10.30am-4.30pm.

Hughes have written to all Bennetts customers who they have a record of waiting for a product to be delivered, but if you are waiting to hear about goods you had purchased you should write to: Hughes Electrical, Mobbs 
Way, Oulton, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 3AL, and include a copy of your 
receipt.

Have you got a shops story for the Evening News? Contact Matt Sparkes on 01603 772410 or email matt.sparkes@archant.co.uk

6 comments

  • Typical ad man's approach for a re-opening slogan, but when you get there, there is no reason to suspect that there is anything better. The prices in the reopened store seem to be on par with most electrical stores with nothing exceptional other than clearance stock where there was nothing I wanted.

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    Beady

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

  • I bought an LED TV from Bennetts Norwich Last Night. The staff were very helpful and did me a fantastic deal. People must remember that to get the best price, you have to ask for it! They will do a better deal if you ask, but with £200 off the price and a further 20% reduction advertised, the TV I bought was an amazing price! At the end of the day, whether it is a new LTD company or the same, it is still backed by Hughes, and they won't see customers out of pocket, or risk their position within the market to open stores and close them six months later!

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    Starks

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

  • Whilst I`m happy for the people that got there jobs back I am still without my goods I paid for. There has also been no apology from the former Manager for people who have lost items paid for. I will never use Bennetts again regrdless of who`s running it!

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    BigSean76

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

  • I have heard that the actual company that bought the assets of Bennetts is not actually Hughes but a 'shell' company they have set up. I wonder why? Perhaps this is also why they have kept the Bennetts name to trade off?Doesn't really give anyone the confidence to buy there as you never know whether it will be there in 6 months time, particularly in this economic climate.

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    Lizzie

    Saturday, April 9, 2011

  • Its not what you know, its who you know!

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    SierraCharlie

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

  • Such Negative comments already! Bennetts have only been open a week again, give them a chance to get back on their feet!! They are trying to get sold stock out as quickly as they can, you must realise how many orders they have to fulfil, with the closing down of many branches, the stock has to be sorted by hughes which takes time, just be patient!

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    Grey Wolf

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

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