Press release -
JYSK DELIVERS YET ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL FOR UK RETAIL
JYSK UK opened its 19th – and largest new concept - store last weekend to another huge response from shoppers.
The Scandi-owned global furniture group that is shaking-up the UK retail landscape saw queues build up an hour before the ribbon was cut and the Wakefield store declared open.
The minute the doors opened a deluge of customers hit the store – and the tills.
Demand was such that queues continued throughout the day as customers lined up to make their purchases, with JYSK colleagues offering drinks and ice cream to help everyone keep their cool.
The Wakefield opening was another huge success for JYSK, it was within touching distance of a new company record, and UK Country Manager, David Ashton, said he was incredibly proud of the result.
“It is always fantastic to open a new store and introduce people to JYSK, sometimes it can be a very long time between location search all the way through to Grand Opening Day – but seeing those customers streaming into the store as soon as the ribbon is cut is why we all love the job we do.
“We opened this store in the middle of the transition period from outdoor to indoor season, therefore we showcased a lot of new furniture early for the customers in Wakefield. You can see that notable difference between St Helens and Wakefield openings because nearly 40% of our sales were furniture in Wakefield, compared to 24% in St Helens – which we opened in the middle of the outdoor season. The phenomenal performance of garden furniture for the whole country in 2019 meant we were sold out of almost 75% of the entire range before we got to opening day, demand this year has really been that incredible, so next year we will once again order more stock than ever and give Wakefield something extra special to be ‘wowed’ by.
“I have said it before, retail does not need to have the ‘doom and gloom’ impression out there, we are amongst a group of retailers that are thriving at the moment. This retail park in Wakefield is a prime example of one which was near empty a year ago, now has a brand new lease of life. The customers are still out there and ready to shop, but they must know and feel that we really do appreciate and value every single one of them. I certainly do.”
“TeamJYSK Wakefield made us proud – they delivered a super-attractive store and great customer service. Now we can be the ‘go to’ location for Wakefield and surrounding areas for everything for their home.”
JYSK is an international chain of stores with Scandinavian roots that sells everything for the home. The first store opened in Denmark in 1979, and today JYSK has over 2,800 stores and 23,000 employees in 52 countries. In Germany and Austria the stores are called Dänisches Bettenlager – in the rest of the world JYSK. JYSK is owned by the family behind Lars Larsen Group, who owns a number of companies with a total annual turnover of 4.25 billion EUR. JYSK’s turnover is 3.58 billion EUR.