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 Timpson Group’s CEO, James Timpson OBE, announced today a deal with ASDA to open up to 100 Max Spielmann Photo shops, 50 in-store Timpson shops and an as yet unspecified number of Pods in the supermarket chain’s car parks.
James said: “This is great news. We know where we currently have sites within an ASDA they are busy, profitable businesses that colleagues like working in. We now have all four of the big supermarket chains as partners.”
ASDA has offered the Group a number of great sites that can quickly be developed as Max Photo shops. Some will require immediate refits to enable Max to trade. James added: “It’s my intention to get all sites refitted and looking amazing during the course of this year.
“A number of Timpson shops will be carved out of the existing space, so we will have two parts of the Group side by side. I’m hopeful that the Pods will arrive in ASDA car parks pretty soon too.”
Timpson Finance Director, Paresh Majithia commented: “This is another really exciting phase in the company’s journey as we continue to invest in the quality services supermarket shoppers demand.”
One of our fantastic Timpson Group colleagues in the North West is starting the New Year by challenging himself to lose at least two stone in weight by April. Darren Gallimore is a Timpson Mobile Manager and serial supporter of charitable causes. On this occasion, Darren has pledged to direct monies from his sponsored slim fundraising effort to the Alex Timpson Trust.
The 42 year-old grandfather of 10, (yes, you read that right) admits to being “a bit too beefy” and hopes to shed at least 28 lbs in Alex Timpson’s memory in a bid to boost a wider understanding of Attachment theory.
“I’ve already got £450 pledged from great colleagues and friends, and I’ve set up a fundraising page too, so supporters can sponsor me via that and watch my progress,” said Darren. “I think the Trust’s work and especially its pledge to support foster families with a free holiday is fantastic. As a grandfather of 10 I know just how important it is for families to get away from the hurly burly of everyday life and stresses and just enjoy family time.”