Buyer sought for Great Yarmouth Bennetts store

A BUYER is being sought to take over the Great Yarmouth branch of electrical retailer Bennetts after the chain was bought by rival Hughes electrical.

Last week, the Mercury revealed the Yarmouth store, in Southtown Road, would not be among those reopening, even though the Bennetts chain was first started in Yarmouth during the 1950s by Londoner Basil Adams.

A spokesman for Bennetts administrators PKF said Hughes would be taking the stock from the Yarmouth store, but selling the shop unit.

He added: “We are currently in negotiations. The administrators are trying to find potential purchasers for the store.”

More than 100 jobs could be created and a number of stores reopened by Lowestoft-based Hughes, including Dereham, Norwich, Cromer, Martlesham, Ipswich, Farnham in Surrey and Colchester Tollgate.

However, nine stores across the eastern region and Wales will not be reopening.

Known as “Big Barry,” Mr Adams opened BB Adams stores, which would later become Bennetts, at Britannia Pier and Regent Road during the 1950s.

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One of the shops sold jewellery while the other specialised in radio and electricals.

An opening to expand into Norwich arrived and Mr Adams opened a shop at Guildhall Hill, which was the start of the BB Adams empire, and further stores were added across East Anglia.