Phone accessories

Mobile phone accessories store hires ex-jewelers in booming Hinckley town center

Tech-savvy shoppers who want to personalize their cell phone with a unique print or image will soon have a new store to check out in Hinckley town centre.

The former H. Samuel Jewelers store on Castle Street is being taken over by expanding TechGeeks, with a new sign already installed above the unit, near the entrance to the Britannia Shopping Centre.

The store will provide repair and unlocking services for customer devices, as well as the purchase and sale of new phones, as well as mobile accessories.

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Adeel Tariq will take over the management of the store, drawing on the group’s 15 years of experience in selling its services from mall kiosks.

He said: “We are going to focus on customization. This will include images a customer would want on a T-shirt or mug or cell phone case, anything they want printed. We will also do unlocking.

The brand already has a boutique in Corby and plans to open another in Cambridge this year.

Neighborhood surveyors managed the lease of the property.

Group’s Harry Ward said: ‘The rental of the former H. Samuel on Castle Street to TechGeeks reflects the first ‘prime’ commercial rental in Hinckley town centre, following the Covid-19 pandemic .

“It illustrates the strong confidence 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 exciting occupants to Hinckley Town Center in the not too distant future.”

H. Samuel bosses decided not to reopen the Hinckley branch after the first coronavirus lockdown was eased because the pandemic and “free-flowing business conditions” had accelerated a previous strategy of closing some of its stores.

Castle Street is expected to have two more openings soon, with part of the old Dunelm reopening as the opticians branch, Optical People.

The town center is also benefiting from a boom in its retail offering in Regent Street, with the relaunch of several previously vacant units.

In October, the former unit of the Coventry Building Society was relaunched as a craft and antiques shop, run by the same group behind the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Center, based above the shop.

Tanning group Forever Sun has also launched a new shop in part of the former Quartz nightclub in the High Cross Building, with the former nightclub split into three business units.

Mexican restaurant chain Benito’s is set to take over three more retail units, with a liquor license and business hours approved for the business, while the remaining unit is currently in the works. renovation, with “Under Offer” signs above.

‘Under Offer’ signs have also been put up above a former electronics store, opposite the nightclub, while up Castle Street the former Chinese restaurant Kiki Wong is set to reopen as a restaurant Vietnamese, according to signs posted 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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