Trowbridge's HJ Knee to move out of town centre to retail park

Wiltshire Times: Marcus Holbrow pictured outside the Fore Street store today Marcus Holbrow pictured outside the Fore Street store today

Trowbridge’s longest established department and electrical retailer HJ Knee is to relocate to a retail park in the town in the New Year.

The store, which has been an integral part of the town centre since it was established in 1879, will be located at the Spitfire Retail Park from March, a move to improve its retailing business and parking provision for customers.

The move will see the store trading alongside neighbours including Currys/PC World, Pets at Home and Carpetright, with free parking spaces and access to the adjoining Trowbridge Retail Park.

Marcus Holbrow, managing director of HJ Knee, said: “Knees are a family business that has operated for many years as a traditional town centre department store.

“The world of retail has changed significantly and we are embracing those changes. We also have an online retail presence, which is being continually developed, to show visitors to our website the comprehensive range of products we offer.

“We understand that our customers have busy lives that require value and convenience, and we feel this move will meet those needs perfectly.

“The relocation will also enable us to expand some of our most valued household brands, and allow us to continue to offer the excellent service that we are known for.”

The existing stores, the department store and the electrical superstore, will be running relocation sales starting on Friday December 20.

All gift vouchers, new purchases and after sales services remain unaffected by the move. The department store in Malmesbury is unaffected by the relocation of both stores in Trowbridge.

For more information contact: Mr Holbrow on 01225 754161 or info@hjknee.co.uk

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8:05am Fri 13 Dec 13

tobruk says...

How very sad to see this wonderful family businessmove out of the town centre!
How very sad to see this wonderful family businessmove out of the town centre! tobruk

8:20am Fri 13 Dec 13

norville says...

Soon to be a ghost town
Soon to be a ghost town norville

8:29am Fri 13 Dec 13

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in.
The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in. Dr H Z Hackenbush

9:14am Fri 13 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Radical!
Radical! beetawix

9:17am Fri 13 Dec 13

D@ve says...

A much as it's sad to see this family business move out of town, I think the town council need to look serious at the town centre layout and embrace a wider regeneration.

The building is an eyesore and pulling it down to include a wider regeneration of the area could be a blessing in disguise.

I wish them all the best with the move.
A much as it's sad to see this family business move out of town, I think the town council need to look serious at the town centre layout and embrace a wider regeneration. The building is an eyesore and pulling it down to include a wider regeneration of the area could be a blessing in disguise. I wish them all the best with the move. D@ve

9:19am Fri 13 Dec 13

mr snipper says...

Dr H Z Hackenbush wrote:
The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in.
what about a nice betting shop? we've hardly got any of those.
[quote][p][bold]Dr H Z Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in.[/p][/quote]what about a nice betting shop? we've hardly got any of those. mr snipper

9:22am Fri 13 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Dr H Z Hackenbush wrote:
The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in.
If there is still sufficient demand for certain items surely there is an opportunity for someone to start a new store in town of a similar type.
If there isn't then Spitfire park is not far away by car, bus or taxi
[quote][p][bold]Dr H Z Hackenbush[/bold] wrote: The old store is going to make a lovely coffee shop, charity shop, hairdressers or estate agents. Something that Trow Vegas is surely lacking in.[/p][/quote]If there is still sufficient demand for certain items surely there is an opportunity for someone to start a new store in town of a similar type. If there isn't then Spitfire park is not far away by car, bus or taxi beetawix

9:42am Fri 13 Dec 13

andybaptist says...

The news that that Knees are leaving Trowbridge Town centre I cannot see the logic to what I thank is a sudden decision- they have only recently opened the new electrical department I could see that would make sense to move as often it is empty when you go there. However the main store which they have again revamped is the place you call into to pick up items when in town items I would not think of driving to Bradley Rd for. Nor can I think of a area of the same size as Knees in the retail park- are they downsizing? Their Christmas displays this year are great we did some Christmas shopping another customer said This is Knees as it use to be.
The news that that Knees are leaving Trowbridge Town centre I cannot see the logic to what I thank is a sudden decision- they have only recently opened the new electrical department I could see that would make sense to move as often it is empty when you go there. However the main store which they have again revamped is the place you call into to pick up items when in town items I would not think of driving to Bradley Rd for. Nor can I think of a area of the same size as Knees in the retail park- are they downsizing? Their Christmas displays this year are great we did some Christmas shopping another customer said This is Knees as it use to be. andybaptist

10:45am Fri 13 Dec 13

trowbridge52 says...

it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store
it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store trowbridge52

12:32pm Fri 13 Dec 13

beetawix says...

trowbridge52 wrote:
it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store
Would it have been ok if a lot of people you know could not get to Primark, had they been coming, as you put it.

if you know a reason why Knees will lose business I should let Mr Holbrow know - it may be something he has not considered.
[quote][p][bold]trowbridge52[/bold] wrote: it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store[/p][/quote]Would it have been ok if a lot of people you know could not get to Primark, had they been coming, as you put it. if you know a reason why Knees will lose business I should let Mr Holbrow know - it may be something he has not considered. beetawix

12:45pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Darned_peasants says...

The Americans got it right having retail on the outskirts, its called progress - deal with it. I'm sure it'll make wonderful flats/apartments and save from building on any more greenfield areas !
The Americans got it right having retail on the outskirts, its called progress - deal with it. I'm sure it'll make wonderful flats/apartments and save from building on any more greenfield areas ! Darned_peasants

1:10pm Fri 13 Dec 13

The.Central.Scrutinizer says...

trowbridge52 wrote:
it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store
Why can't the people you know get to the retail park?
Have they not heard of taxis or buses?
Surely no-one shops at Knees every day so an occasional bus or taxi should not be too traumatic.
There is also hjknee.co.uk from which you can order.
I also hear that amazon.co.uk are very good - faster and cheaper than going to knees without leaving the chair.
[quote][p][bold]trowbridge52[/bold] wrote: it will be sad as i know a lot of people who shop at knees but wont be able to get to the retail park also i think they will lose business out there , so that means that primark wont be coming since knees will be moving into the old comet store[/p][/quote]Why can't the people you know get to the retail park? Have they not heard of taxis or buses? Surely no-one shops at Knees every day so an occasional bus or taxi should not be too traumatic. There is also hjknee.co.uk from which you can order. I also hear that amazon.co.uk are very good - faster and cheaper than going to knees without leaving the chair. The.Central.Scrutinizer

1:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

ellliotluke says...

Thats no good to me I don't have access to a computer... :)
Thats no good to me I don't have access to a computer... :) ellliotluke

1:27pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Polly52 says...

Took the wind out of the Council, easy to maintain bld, less overheads, probably less rates and lots of parking, can't really blame the Mgt
Took the wind out of the Council, easy to maintain bld, less overheads, probably less rates and lots of parking, can't really blame the Mgt Polly52

6:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

conkir says...

I think the current number of lines they sell will be curtailed, the comet old store is a lot smaller.
I think the current number of lines they sell will be curtailed, the comet old store is a lot smaller. conkir

9:49pm Fri 13 Dec 13

cragiebaby says...

My bet is they will be moving to the old Harveys store and not comet
My bet is they will be moving to the old Harveys store and not comet cragiebaby

10:53pm Fri 13 Dec 13

beetawix says...

conkir wrote:
I think the current number of lines they sell will be curtailed, the comet old store is a lot smaller.
well they do display a certain amount of rubbish so that would be a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]conkir[/bold] wrote: I think the current number of lines they sell will be curtailed, the comet old store is a lot smaller.[/p][/quote]well they do display a certain amount of rubbish so that would be a good thing. beetawix

10:57pm Fri 13 Dec 13

beetawix says...

Why ask Mr Murrison to comment, he did. add very much and. his page has no 'have your say' option.
Why ask Mr Murrison to comment, he did. add very much and. his page has no 'have your say' option. beetawix

8:09am Sat 14 Dec 13

Blanche Terraine says...

Where is the comment from Duncan Hames? Surely, as an MP from a nearby constituency, he was associated with the plan and has been advising the Knees management? I expect he will be at the new premises on the day they open, helping customers and manning a checkout, if he's not too busy running the railways.
Where is the comment from Duncan Hames? Surely, as an MP from a nearby constituency, he was associated with the plan and has been advising the Knees management? I expect he will be at the new premises on the day they open, helping customers and manning a checkout, if he's not too busy running the railways. Blanche Terraine

12:34pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Jenniethebouncer says...

D@ve wrote:
A much as it's sad to see this family business move out of town, I think the town council need to look serious at the town centre layout and embrace a wider regeneration.

The building is an eyesore and pulling it down to include a wider regeneration of the area could be a blessing in disguise.

I wish them all the best with the move.
It's a grade 2 listed building like the rest of Trowbridge and knees are not going to be selling the site!!
[quote][p][bold]D@ve[/bold] wrote: A much as it's sad to see this family business move out of town, I think the town council need to look serious at the town centre layout and embrace a wider regeneration. The building is an eyesore and pulling it down to include a wider regeneration of the area could be a blessing in disguise. I wish them all the best with the move.[/p][/quote]It's a grade 2 listed building like the rest of Trowbridge and knees are not going to be selling the site!! Jenniethebouncer

12:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Jenniethebouncer says...

The problem is the new knees electrical store is doing very well but up on the trading estate it will have to compete with the bigger (if terrible) curries and dreams / sleep right for the bedroom furniture and carpet right for their floorings I fear they may be shooting themselves in the foot we have already seen in the last couple of years big well established store chains go into liquidation such as comet and woolworths I don't want to see this happen to knees there is something homely and comforting in that store x o an FYI knees already has a hairdressers called peppers on the 2nd floor
The problem is the new knees electrical store is doing very well but up on the trading estate it will have to compete with the bigger (if terrible) curries and dreams / sleep right for the bedroom furniture and carpet right for their floorings I fear they may be shooting themselves in the foot we have already seen in the last couple of years big well established store chains go into liquidation such as comet and woolworths I don't want to see this happen to knees there is something homely and comforting in that store x o an FYI knees already has a hairdressers called peppers on the 2nd floor Jenniethebouncer

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