Plumbase Opens new St Helens Branch
Photograph by Patrick Trollope
CUSTOMERS were already queuing at
7am on Monday morning for the opening of the new St Helens branch of
“We had put a lot of preparation in before we opened, and went round
visiting potential customers,” says Manager Chris Hennessey.
“We did expect all the opening offers to draw people in, but on the
day we were surprised to see how many people came along, and the
number of sales we made.”
Manager Chris, who is local to St Helens, has been in the business
for 31 years, and was previously the manager of a competing company
in Liverpool. “We saw some old friends and some new faces,
which was a good mix. The main thing is that we attract local
The first new customer on Monday morning was rewarded for his early
start with a prize of a television/video combo, and the next ten
were given colour televisions. Everyone who turned up was treated to
tea and bacon sandwiches.
Although there are several other plumbers merchants in the area,
Chris believes that Plumbase will stand out from the crowd.
“We’re self-service and 90% of our stock lines are on display,
including large items such as boilers and radiators. This is very
unusual in the plumbers’ merchant business, and it means that
customers can see the different products and brands available and
browse at their leisure. We have had a really positive reaction to
this from the customers so far, as it gives them a better choice.
We’re having to be competitive with our prices, but our main
advantages are the levels of stock that we can keep and our
Chris is confident that the branch will be a great success.
“It’s been a good start, and there’s no reason why St Helens can’t
be one of the best branches in the Northwest.”
Plumbase is one of the UK’s leading quality suppliers of plumbing
and heating materials to both trade and retail customers. Plumbase
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Grafton Group plc. Plumbase trades
under the brand names of Plumbase, Plumbline, Time & Temperature and
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