Duo have high hopes for city centre store

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HUSBAND and wife team Andrew and Helen Foggitt are hoping their new commercial venture proves a hit with customers in Leeds.

For both it means a big move from working in the property sector to running a city centre store.

The plucky pair are opening a franchise of national discount store chain Cash Generator this weekend close to Kirkgate Market.

They hope that people looking for a bargain will call their way if they want to buy TVs, games consoles, DVDs and CDs and other electronic gear.

The shop, at the junction of Vicar Lane and Kirkgate, is in a former video game shop at Leeming House.

Mr Foggitt said they are looking forward to the challenge ahead, even given the tenuous economic climate.

He told the YEP: “We are very aware of the economic situation. If you know about it you can weather it.

“That of course does not mean that people stop needing and wanting electrical goods or finance from time to time.”

Six jobs have been created with more planned if business takes off, said Mr Foggitt.

The parents-of-two hope that they will be able to open up more Cash Generator stores in the city and beyond. There are already other Cash Generator stores around Leeds but Mr Foggitt says this is the first city centre one.

Cash Generator purchases unwanted items from the public, as well as offering financial services, including short-term loans, cheque cashing and foreign currency. Mr Foggitt said: “We are offering a range of services.”

He said the store would also be selling upgraded and second-hand products.

The new Kirkgate store is the 40th Cash Generator store to open in the UK this year, bringing the total number of stores in the chain to nearly 180. Cash Generator is based in Bolton.

Mr Foggitt said the company has been helping him with the opening by sending experienced managers to assist, as well as running a training course.

Tom Dougherty.

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