Wolverhampton is going through a period of regeneration, which means major retailers should be welcomed to the city centre
Leading providers of store planning software, Retail Smart, have recently reported about the submitted planning application from Smyths Toys to open a new store at Bilston Retail Market.
Firstplan, agents of Smyths Toys, have submitted their planning application to open a new store in Wolverhampton’s Bilston Retail Market at the former premises of Allied Carpets. The leading provider of children’s toys and entertainment products hopes to open a store that creates up to 30 full time jobs, with the figure potentially rising to up to 60 with seasoned positions being allocated at the Christmas period.
According to retail experts, the city centre of Wolverhampton is in desperate need of more major retailers and is currently missing around 25 of the top 100 national shopping brands. The potential news of a major retailer coming to Wolverhampton will be of welcome delight to city regeneration chiefs. The planning report from Firstplan stated: “The application proposals will facilitate the occupation of the unit by Smyths Toys.
“Smyths Toys are expanding their operations across the UK and have a long standing requirement for a store in Wolverhampton. Reflecting the demand from consumers, further expansion is planned. The application site meets the operational requirements of the business and will enable Smyths Toys to be represented in Wolverhampton. The proposed extension to the range of goods that can be sold from the application site will not result in a significant adverse impact on vitality and viability of Wolverhampton City Centre of Bilston Town Centre.”
As experts in retail store planning, Retail Smart takes a keen interest in new retail developments. Upon hearing about the news, a spokesperson from the company made the following statement. “It is always fantastic to hear when a major retailer plans to create a new store in a developing city. Wolverhampton is going through a period of regeneration, which means major retailers should be welcomed to the city centre.
“In order to ensure that the planning applications are accepted, it is imperative that Smyth’s Toys utilise store planning software and planograms. This will help the company to demonstrate not only the range of products that will be on offer, but will also show how they plan utilise the space in order to optimise sales and generate footfall within the area. Planograms help to create innovative range assortments and plan store space effectively. There are invaluable tools that companies can utilise to help win planning applications.”
Retail Smart is a UK planogram and store planning software and services company. They supply services ranging from planograms, store planning, range assortment retail solutions and interactive 3D retail experiences. Retail Smart help their clients to build credible product range and optimise their shelf and store space.
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