|The new Carp Scene Superstore.|
Some of you may be surprised by this, considering that most of my posts are usually travel or mountainbike related, but my real passion in life is Carp Fishing!
|Nash Tackle's Alan Blair giving rig demonstrations on opening day.|
The floor space (5000sq/ft), and attention to detail in the product displays are immediately impressive, but it's also the little touches that go largely unnoticed that make it an interesting space. LED lights throughout, for example, give it a much nicer ambience than the yellow flickering of fluorescent lighting. The well thought out clothing boutique, the raised mezzanine that allows a full range of bivvies to be displayed (currently thirteen bivvies on show!), a proper changing room, manufacturer branding above the individual displays, the list goes on.
|Lots of choice in the well appointed clothing boutique.|
|Up to 72 rods on display at any time.|
|The mezzanine that currently displays 13 fully erected bivvies!|
And then there's the stock levels... if you can see it they've got it.
|A massive range of end-tackles; and the stock to back it up.|
In the long-term, once the initial boom of the shop settles down, they intend to launch the website and mail order service. In the short-term however the focus is firmly set on establishing the shop, and ensuring smooth do-to-day running. A smart business decision.
|Mark Goodwin managing the checkout.|
The range of products on display is impressive and, importantly, accessible.
|Virtually a whole wall of luggage!|
The store is open 7 days a week with a very useful late-night on Thursdays until 8pm and 10.00-16.00 on Sundays.
|Clearing out the old store...|
|The painters moved in as the old stock was moving out!|
|The old shop front starting its transformation.|
|Almost cleared out.|
|In comes the carpet.|
|Nick's son, Connor Rhodes, boxing in the old stairwell.|
|Almost there. Final stockings taking place before opening day.|
|Mick Hancox taking Health & Safety very seriously during the transformation process!|
|The mural that welcomes you to the store.|