Buoyant mood at Boyes opening day

Shoppers have been making the most of opening day bargains this morning as the new Boyes Department store opened its doors in Ripley.

Director of the family-run firm Andrew Boyes welcomed a queue of soaked punters who had braved the rain at 9am today as he cut the ribbon to the Knightsbrisge Place-based new outlet on Nottingham Road.

He said: “It was great to see a small queue waiting for us to open the doors - despite the pouring rain - the staff are all here today and are raring to start serving.”

Within an hour of opening close to 100 Ripley folk bustled into the 9,000 square ft store, which the company says stocks more than 30,000 different products, ranging form home furnishings to DIY materials, clothing and even a large haberdashery section.

New store manager Alison Boaden of Mansfield said it has been an encouraging start.

“It’s gone very well this morning. Most of the staff are local and they say to me there’s nothing like this in Ripley, so we anticipate that it will do well.”

Marketing director for Boyes, which is based in Scarborough, was instrumental in finding locating Knightsbridge place as a home for its 47th outlet in the chain. He spotted the former home to the Co-operative as he was driving through the area from Boyes’ nearby Kirkby-in-Ashfield store.

He said: “I just thought this would be the ideal place for us, we stock such a broad range of products from fishing gear to a haberdashery.

“I was really pleased when this property became available.”