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A return to the 1970s?While restaurant and retail businesses struggle, other sectors are looking to strengthen their high street presence. Challenger energy supplier, Utilita, has announced the opening of its first bricks and mortar store in an effort to bring utility shops back to the high street.
The new store, opening in Gosport later this month, will provide the opportunity for customers to get energy efficiency advice, top-up their energy meters and speak directly with Utilita staff. There will also be an interactive area for children to learn about energy.
Steve Parker, director of retail at Utilita, said: ?While a number of firms, including famous household brands, are closing shops, we believe there is still huge potential on Britain?s High Street.
?Our research suggests many customers want to be able to interact with us directly rather than rely solely on the phone, email or on social media – the shop provides that option.
Parker also revealed there are plans to offer other products and services in the store in the future.
He added: ?In many ways, this is a throwback to the ?70s and 80s when the regional utility board shops where a familiar site on the high street and anyone could pop in. Those days were seemingly over but we want to bring energy back to the high street – in every sense.?
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