We proudly opened the 2,000th shop in the Timpson Group this week as we cut the ribbon on a brand new Max Spielmann store in Queensferry, North Wales on Thursday 19th April. Such is the pace of our rapidly expanding business, the 2,000th store opening comes just five short years after our 1,000th shop opened in Baguely, in Manchester.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by Roisin Timpson, the wife of the Timpson Group CEO, James Timpson OBE. Also on hand to join in this landmark occasion were Timpson Group Chairman, Sir John Timpson CBE and Max Spielmann Retail Director, Sue Burden and her Area Team colleagues, Lisa Kennedy and Keri Burns.
The store’s very proud Branch Manager, Steph Powell, said: “I couldn’t be more proud to be chosen as Branch Manager for the Timpson Group’s 2,000th shop.”
CEO, James Timpson, added: “We have pursued a truly remarkable programme of store openings over the past decade, and really cranked that up in the past five years, opening stores across the Group – with Timpson and Max stores and Pods opening in all four major supermarkets, making us arguably the most dynamic retailer in the UK.”
The 2,000th store opening comes hot on the heels of an agreement with ASDA in February this year to open up to 100 Max Spielmann Photo shops, 50 in-store Timpson shops and a number of Pods in the supermarket chain’s car parks.
The very first Barbershop by Timpson opened today, Thursday 12th April, right outside our Timpson House base in Wythenshawe, Manchester. Snipping the ribbon on our new ‘cutting edge’ concept store was Bede Timpson, eldest son of Timpson Group CEO, James Timpson, who was amongst the first to climb into the barber’s chair for a trim. Bede was joined by the Timpson Group’s Business Development Manager, Liz Jardine, and our fantastic team of skilled barbers.
The Barbershop team of Stevie, James, Gary, Byron and barber’s apprentice, Ellis, are all looking forward to trailblazing this exciting new venture for the Group.
Barbershop by Timpson Area Manager, Stevie Badrock, said: “It’s been an incredible journey launching this debut service for the Timpson Group. With the explosive growth in men’s grooming, we know there is a market there and we plan to launch more Barbershop by Timpson concept stores in the months ahead. Meanwhile, I’m delighted to report we’ve had a steady stream of customers since we threw open the doors of our cool new Barbershop.”
Our fantastic colleague Kyley Bird, who works at Johnson Cleaners in the Norwich Tesco store, was inspired to dress up and hop about the store with a collection tin in aid of the Alex Timpson Trust on Good Friday. Kyley found a more than helpful little bunny in 10 year-old daughter, Alisha, who ably assisted her mum and was rightfully rewarded with a chocolate egg after helping to count all the pennies.
Our happy pair of bunny girls were thrilled to bits to raise an amazing £100 for the Alex Timpson Trust in just two energetic hours. Well done and thank you to Kyley and Alisha and the generous customers at Norwich Blue Boar Tesco!