Mobility retail giant Ableworld is preparing to open its 33rd store this summer, in Bournemouth.
The outlet, which will be run by a franchisee, expands Ableworld’s presence on the south coast. It currently has just a single location in that part of the country, in Southampton. It’s next most southerly store is in Reading.
The company told Access & Mobility Professional that it expects the Bournemouth store to begin trading in July.
Around half of Ableworld’s stores are franchises and it expects this part of its business to account for the dominant chunk of its retail network in the future.
“The franchise model has been a good route to expand quickly,” HR and franchise director Paul Boniface told us. “If you look at our five-year plan, at the moment we are predicting a two-thirds, one-third company in favour of franchises.”
Ableworld hasn’t yet publicised the location of the Bournemouth shop, but it did confirm that it would be fully accessible for wheelchairs and scooters and stock the wide range of mobility equipment for which it is known for.
Some of the chain’s stores stock up to more than a thousand different products, including stairlifts, wheelchairs, powerchairs, bathing accessories, riser recliner chairs, walking aids, back supports and cushions.
Ableworld Bournemouth will also cover the surrounding areas for stairlift installation and servicing.