Family business unveils new store

Boyes' store in Queen Street
Boyes' store in Queen Street

A SCARBOROUGH family-run business empire has reached greater heights after opening a huge new store.

Discount store giant Boyes has unveiled a new outlet in March, in Cambridgeshire, creating 30 new jobs.

The 10,000sq ft store is the company’s 42nd in the country and is housed in a former department store.

The move comes after Boyes, which has a flagship store in Queen Street, took over the former Polestar Greaves printing factory in Havers Hill.

The industrial unit will be used as a warehouse for its chain of shops.

Andrew Boyes, the company’s chairman and joint managing director, said he was delighted with the store opening.

He said: “Trade in the new store has been extremely good which has exceeded our expectations.

“We have also received a great deal of positive comments from local shoppers so we are confident the store will prove to be a sound long-term investment.

“March is a busy Fenland market town in the Isle of Ely area of Cambridgeshire and the store is on a prominent corner site in the town centre.

“Despite some of the negative publicity about town centres recently, we are still looking for town centre sites – which suit our business well – and there are some good expansion opportunities in town centres for us in the current climate.”

Mr Boyes also explained the company’s expansion on the Polestar Greaves site was well on course and said the move would see the business flourish even further.

He added: “We bought the former Greaves site in order to have the warehouse space necessary to service additional stores in the future.

“We have already brought what we refer to as phase one of the site into use and are busy working on the much larger phase two section which we hope to bring into use in the first half of next year.”

Boyes boasts more than 250,000 customers a week and employs more than 1,200 staff across seven different regions with stores in York, Hull, Bradford, Grimsby and Barnard Castle.

The Boyes brand began in 1881 when William Boyes opened a small store in Eastborough.

By 1886 he had purchased further units in Market Street and Queen Street and knocked them into one store. The business continued to grow and in 1910 the expansion started.