Local businessman opens new Londis store in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Tim Phelps is the proud owner of a new Londis store in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and has been trading successfully for six weeks now.

Tim not only has a new store but has taken a totally new business direction, having previously owned a holiday park and pubs on the Isle of Wight. The Phelps family have owned the building, located on Shanklin High Street, for a number of years and it has operated as both a Post Office sorting office and the local Job Centre in the past. Recently the family decided to convert the ground floor of the property into a 980 sq ft shop and the upper floors into flats and Tim and his business partner Michael, decided to run the new store.

Tim spoke to a number of symbol groups and back in August 2009 he had his first meeting with Londis Retail Sales Manager, Simon Burnett. After careful consideration, which included Simon arranging for the pair to attend two Londis cluster meetings and meet local Londis retailers, Charles and Linda Brading, who were only too happy to answer any questions and explain the benefits of operating as a Londis retailer, they decided to open the store with the Londis brand.

Working with the Londis store development the project started at the beginning of April and the store open to the latest standards on April 23.

With opening hours of 7am -11pm seven days a week, the store has two checkouts and a focus on fresh produce. The chilled dairy units have specifically been designed with taller back shelves, in order to bring the colour of the products to life. The store also offers a chilled wine range and local produce including bakery items and fruit and vegetables.

This retailer has joined the Brand Essentials from day one, with a full Broadband Londis Manager Epos system. Charles and Linda Brading have also visited Tim’s store to help and guide since the store launched.

Tim Phelps said “I’m delighted with the end result and have a fantastic looking Londis store, both internally and externally.

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