Ableworld, the UK’s leading mobility franchise, has continued its impressive growth with the addition of two new stores to the network in recent weeks. The new openings include the retailer’s first foray north of the border, with the opening of a Glasgow outlet, while at the other end of the country Ableworld Colchester has also now opened its doors.
Stuart and Jacky Simpson are the franchisees for the new Paisley store, which Ableworld franchise director Paul Boniface says was a key target market for the business. He explains: “We hoped to open a franchise north of the border for many reasons, not least to show that we intend to be a nationwide franchise – and we couldn’t have chosen better people to partner with than Stuart and Jacky.”
It will be a family affair too, with the team also including their son, Luke. They’ll be joined by Caroline Shaw, who brings with her a wealth of retail experience, while Stuart will also be servicing scooters and stairlifts.
The Simpsons were particularly attracted by the difference their store will make in the lives of people with mobility needs, as well as the strong focus on customer care which is at the heart of Ableworld. They said: “We want our customers to feel that not only are they getting a warm welcome when they visit our Paisley store, but that they are also getting value for money.”
Over in Colchester, Gerald and Marie Roper have opened their store in the Stanway Centre. Both are already very much a part of the local community: Gerald, who previously taught for over 20 years, has always been actively involved in local issues having been a school governor and treasurer for his local church, and in his free time he helps to coach the local rugby team; Marie shares the same passion for helping the community and has been a treasurer for the local SVP branch, a charity which aims to tackle poverty. She too has a background in teaching and running local playgroups.
With further openings imminent, Ableworld’s ambition for UK-wide coverage looks set to happen sooner rather than later, with a number of franchise opportunities waiting to be taken on.