Dixons Carphone opens its first Currys PC World within a Tesco’s Extra store in Milton Keynes

Dixons Carphone opens its first Currys PC World within a Tesco’s Extra store in Milton Keynes

 

London, 2017-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dixons Carphone has opened its first Currys PC World within a Tesco’s Extra store in Milton Keynes. The concession, which opened its doors on the 21st of July, is the first of its kind in the UK, and the result of a trial partnership between the retailers. A second concession is planned to open in the Weston Favell Extra store in Northampton next month.

A tailored range of Currys PC World products are on offer in the Milton Keynes outlet, including televisions, computers, white goods and accessories. Additional services such as laptop repairs, advice and comparison services, which allows customers to explore switching broadband and energy supply, are also available.

Mark Fidderman, store manager at the Currys PC World concession in Milton Keynes, said: “We’re delighted to be opening our doors and offering customers this new and exciting opportunity to pick up their latest gadgets with expert advice during the convenience of their weekly grocery shop. This store is the first of its kind so we can’t wait to hear what our customers think.”

Paul Phillips, store manager at Tesco’s Milton Keynes store added: “We’re really pleased to have the first outlet opening here in Milton Keynes. We’re always looking for ways to offer the best possible range of services in our store and we think this will be a winning combination for our customers.”

Notes

  • Milton Keynes, Extra (opened Friday 21st July); and
  • Weston Favell, Northampton, Extra (scheduled to open 18th August).

About Dixons Carphone

Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Team Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse and CurrysPCWorld in the UK & Ireland, Elkjøp, Elkjøp Phonehouse, Elgiganten, Elgiganten Phone House, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of UK airports as well as Dublin and Oslo. Our key service brands include Team Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, and Geek Squad in the UK & Ireland.

Business-to-business (B2B) services are provided through Connected World Services, CurrysPCWorld Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

Source: Dixons Carphone plc

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Argos opens ‘Pop-Up’ Store at Milton Keynes’ biggest shopping centre, centre:mk

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christmas has come early for shoppers at centre:mk thanks to Argos’ latest innovative digital offering.

Visitors to Milton Keynes’ biggest shopping centre will come face to face with a revolutionary Argos ‘Pop-Up’ Store in the centre of the mall, which offers choice, value and convenience for customers.

Technological enhancements means products can be supplied from local stores so that bargain hunters can order gifts, continue with their shopping and then return to pick them up within as little as an hour.

Alternatively if their hands are full, they have limited time or the items are too heavy to carry, products can be delivered to a customer’s home or work address using Argos’ award-winning Fast Track delivery service.

The store, measuring 400sqft, will be at the heart of the centre for just 12 weeks with six million shoppers anticipated during this time.

Steve Carson, Argos’ Director of Retail and Customer Operations, said: “As a leading local employer and digital retailer we wanted to give something back to the City and its shoppers.

“By combining hourly drop-offs of products from our Milton Keynes Stores and online collection point functionality, this pioneering concept will enable us to be even more convenient, helping put a smile on the faces of our customers in the run up to Christmas.”

Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk, added: “We are delighted to welcome one of the UK’s most popular high street retailers to centre:mk.

“The Argos ‘Pop-Up’ is a fantastic addition to centre:mk’s already strong and diverse retail offer. The combination of innovation, convenience and the Argos brand is sure to be a hit with our visitors, particularly during our peak Christmas trading season.”

Argos’ lease on the space runs until 15 January 2017.

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Source: Argos

John Lewis to open new 638,000 sq feet distribution centre in Milton Keynes

MILTON KEYNES, UK, 2015-2-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has announced that it will open a new distribution centre (DC) in Milton Keynes, to support the growth of its omnichannel business in both shops and online.

John Lewis has signed a 25-year lease on the 638,000 sq feet warehouse. The DC will support the retailer’s existing distribution centre (DC) at Magna Park which opened in 2009, and the adjacent Magna Park 2, which will be fully operational in 2016.

The move is part of the omnichannel retailer’s plans for improvements in productivity, availability and customer service as well as supporting its expansion plans. Recognising shopping habits are changing and with omnichannel giving shoppers more choices than ever before, the retailer is strengthening its distribution network to ensure it continues to deliver a coordinated and convenient shopping experience to its customers.

The new DC will be responsible for large furniture and electricals and home furnishings, while Magna Park one and two, will be responsible for handling smaller products such as iPads and accessories and hanging garments respectively.

Distribution Partners located at four of John Lewis’s existing sites today received the proposal to relocate to either the new DC or to another of the retailer’s operations in Milton Keynes. This includes 239 Partners at three Milton Keynes sites, 8 Partners from Stevenage and 37 Partners from Carlisle. Each of the Partners will be offered a new role at the new site or our other operations in Milton Keynes.

Dino Rocos, Operations Director at John Lewis, said: ‘As customers shopping habits evolve so too does our operational business model. The new DC will enable us to better respond, react and fulfil omnichannel shopping experiences be it via phone, tablet, desktop or visiting a shop.

‘For the supply chain this means improving availability. Our new Milton Keynes DC will complement our two Magna Park sites and provide us with the space to continue to build on the improvements we have made in providing better service to our shops and customers.

‘We recognise the high level of talent and valuable experience that currently exists with our Partners across the sites that we propose to relocate and every Partner will be guaranteed a new role at our new DC.’

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.

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Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7931 4921
Email: vikki.speed@johnlewis.co.uk