A cell phone repair and accessories store has opened on Main Street in Hinckley.
TechGeeks opened in the former H. Samuel Jewelery Store on Castle Street, offering service to repair and unlock customer devices, as well as the purchase and sale of new phones, as well as mobile accessories.
Adil Tariq will run the store, drawing on the group’s 15 years of experience selling its products from kiosks in shopping malls.
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He said: “We will focus on personalization. This will include images that a customer would want on a T-shirt, mug, or cellphone case, whatever they want to print. We are also going to do some unlocking.
The group already has a store in Corby and plans to open another in Cambridge this year.
Wards Surveyors handled the lease of the property.
Harry Ward, of the group, said: “The rental of the former H. Samuel on Castle Street to TechGeeks reflects the first ‘quality’ retail rental in downtown Hinckley, following the pandemic of Covid-19.
“This illustrates the strong trust retailers have in Hinckley as a location to open new units.
“We continue to experience strong demand for commercial space of all shapes and sizes and look forward to welcoming more attractive occupants to downtown Hinckley in the not-so-distant future. “
H. Samuel bosses decided not to reopen the Hinckley branch after the first coronavirus lockdown was eased because the pandemic and “fluid business conditions” had accelerated a previous strategy of closing some of its stores.
Castle Street will soon have two more openings, with part of the old Dunelm being reopened as a branch of opticians, Optical People.
The city center is also benefiting from a strengthening of its commercial offer on Regent Street, with the relaunch of several previously vacant homes.
In October, the former Coventry Building Society unit was relaunched as a craft and antique store, run by the same group behind the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Center, based above the store.
The Forever Sun tanning group has also launched a new boutique in part of the old Quartz nightclub in the High Cross Building, with the old nightclub divided into three business units.
Mexican restaurant chain Benito’s is set to acquire three more retail units, with a liquor license and approved hours of operation for the business, while the remaining unit is currently in the process of being upgraded. renovation, with “Under Offer” signs above.
‘Under Offer’ signs have also been installed above a former electronics store, opposite the nightclub, while up Castle Street, the former Chinese restaurant Kiki Wong is slated to reopen as a restaurant. Vietnamese, according to signs installed in the entrance.
Mr Tariq said they hope to open the store by the end of November, with installers ready to outfit the unit over the next few days.
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