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Post by GD on Thu 02 Dec 2010, 8:52 am

Aladdin’s Cave has taken its Christmas preparations one step further this year with the opening of a 3,000sq.ft extension creating a brand new purpose built Mick’s Fishing Supplies which has its own dedicated entrance as well as access now from within Aladdin’s Cave.

This makes Mick's Fishing Supplies the most modern and largest angling and chandlery shop in the islands. As the largest, out of Town, family-owned retailer in Guernsey, Aladdin’s Cave has also been expanding its ranges for a number of years and now includes clothing, toys, furniture, electrical goods and household items.

‘The loyalty of Guernsey people to us as a locally-owned store continues to grow and we have been working hard to ensure that everything islanders need is available under one roof. Unfortunately the space we had meant that it was getting rather cramped and so we decided on a serious financial investment to enhance Mick’s Fishing Supplies plus extend our retail and storage space,’ said joint managing director Rob Edwards.

Having already purchased Mick’s Fishing Supplies, which was in a separate building to the south of the store, the company moved the popular angling shop temporarily inside the main building to an area that had been used for storage. A mezzanine level was created to provide the additional storage needed.

The vacant building was then demolished by local contractor Rihoy & Son to make way for a 3,000 sq.ft two storey extension which, together with the new mezzanine level and the underground warehouse, gives nearly 8,000 sq.ft of retail and storage space. Mick’s Fishing has its own dedicated entrance and parking as well as convenient access from within Aladdin's Cave.

‘It’s absolutely fantastic and we are delighted with it. The extension means that we can expand our ranges further, store more stock and more importantly continue to provide islanders with a unrivalled shopping experience,’ said Mr Edwards.

‘Rihoy & Son has done a superb job in finishing this project in time for our busiest trading period and without impacting on the day-to-day running of the existing operations. This has been a great example of local companies working together to benefit the local community.’

The steel building took nine months to complete and included a number of complexities which led to the team working weekends to complete it in time for the Christmas shopping period.

Gavin Rihoy, managing director of Rihoy & Son, said they are proud to have been chosen for this project and set out to ensure Aladdin’s Cave would not be disappointed.

‘We met significant challenges en route including rock outcrops preventing piling as originally designed and a water table that left to its own devices would have meant a swimming pool extension in the basement. We have worked closely with Aladdin’s Cave, surveyors Hunt Brewin and engineers Campell & Bloese to overcome the problems and deliver this new retail area in time for the Christmas trading period,’ he said.

‘We are delighted to have worked with such a well-respected local retailer. We are sure the extension will make an enormous difference to the business and wish Aladdin’s Cave every success.’ (from ICfeed)


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Post by kat on Thu 02 Dec 2010, 3:09 pm

Good for them a lovely store just a shame they have a few sourfaced staff members there ..
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Post by bug1 on Thu 02 Dec 2010, 5:53 pm

Quote ‘We met significant challenges en route including rock outcrops preventing piling as originally designed and a water table that left to its own devices would have meant a swimming pool extension in the basement. We have worked closely with Aladdin’s Cave, surveyors Hunt Brewin and engineers Campell & Bloese to overcome the problems and deliver this new retail area in time for the Christmas trading period,’ he said."
Rocky outcrops in Guernsey!Whatever next!"
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