Boyes Chairman and Managing Director Andrew Boyes told The Northern Echo: “It’s great to see the store open and we’re delighted to be here in Durham as another milestone for the company.
“This is one of the biggest stores that we’ve opened in the last ten years and it’s been in the works for quite a while so to see it all come together is really satisfying.
(L-R) assistant manager Debbie Hay, assistant supervisors Donna Wilks and Tammy Harris and chairman Andrew Boyes outside the new Boyes store at the Arnison Centre in Durham. Picture: STUART BOULTON
“We’ve had a great reaction from the customers, lots of them recognise us from our other stores in Chester-le-Street, Bishop Auckland, Darlington but we’re new to this location and it’s been really busy so far.
“You always get nervous on the first day before opening a store but there’s a buzz about it as well and it’s a celebration for us all.
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