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Hays Travel North West on track for 40th store

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The business has expanded rapidly in recent years, most notably over the new year when it surged from 32 stores to its current 36.

Managing director Don Bircham confirmed to TTG this week Hays North Wests new Oldham and Northwich stores would open in June.

After a “strong start” to the year, fuelled by the businesss turn-of-year expansion drive, Bircham said a warm, late Easter, quickly followed by the chill from Storm Hannah, had kept punters off the high street.

However, Bircham stressed while he wasnt pulling the handbrake on his plans to expand to
50 stores, he was taking the same precautions as other businesses.

“It was a strong start to the year,” he said. “As well as growing our network, we also grew business significantly. January was very encouraging, but then February came and everything
just slowed down.

“Im cautiously optimistic though. Weve taken time to reflect before we look at the next phase of our expansion.”

While Hays North West is currently targeting Lancashire, it maintains a live “wishlist” for new locations. “We have a clear vision to get to 50 [stores],” said Bircham.

Each fit-out costs the business between £60,000 and £70,000, said Bircham, who added the entire Hays North West store network, except one shop, had been refurbished over the past two years, representing upwards of two million pounds of investment. “Were delighted we did that when the sun was shining,” said Bircham.

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