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Wex opening new Leeds store: sales “holding up well” despite everything, says CEO – Amateur Photographer

Wex opening new Leeds store: sales “holding up well” despite everything, says CEO – Amateur Photographer

It’s been a tough year for camera retailers to put it mildly, and a testament to their resilience and the loyalty of customers that, thankfully, most seem to have survived relatively unscathed. Another bit of good news comes from Wex Photo Video, which has announced it is opening a new 3,000 sq. ft store in Leeds.

The store, set to open “late spring” this year, is located in Moor Allerton District Centre. This is an established retail park, which includes big name tenants such as Sainsbury’s, Argos and Homebase and is approximately four miles north of Leeds city centre, with 230 free parking spaces.

Wex’s flagship London store

The new store will offer play tables, allowing customers to get ‘hands on’ with demonstration cameras, an events space for live demos and seminars as well as other services such as repair and rental. There are also plans for the inclusion of what the company called “expansion categories,” including Astro, Optics and Computing.

Earlier in 2020, before the pandemic hit hard, Wex, which started life as an online retailer, revealed an ambitious expansion strategy, starting with the relocation of its Birmingham showroom to larger premises in January. In June 2020, it opened its new high-street Milton Keynes store.

“The last year has been challenging but we remain in a strong position and online sales have held up well,” said CEO Louis Wahl, above. “During the lockdown, photographers and filmmakers have been busy improving their skills and we’ve been very happy to meet that demand. However, brick-and-mortar stores are an essential part of our business and we’re committed to multichannel growth with the launch of our new store location in Leeds.”

More details on the opening date as we get them.


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