QD is opening its latest store on Friday in Cromer, creating 15 local jobs. And there’s prizes for the first 10 customers who turn up to check out the new store.
The new store is in Cadogan Road near to Cromer Bus Station and it will stock QD’s wide range of products including extensive ranges in groceries, furniture and home, garden, pets and clothing. The new store is on the site of the old Brammalls Furniture Store.
The opening adds to the 43 stores it operates, including in Norwich, North Walsham, Gorleston, Dereham and King’s Lynn.
Group chief executive Nick Rubins considers QD, and its sister brands of Lathams, Cherry Lane Garden Centres and Thing-Me-Bobs, as one of the original value retailers. The original concept, founded by Nick’s father and current chairman, Danny Rubins, was to create a range of independently owned stores which offered a wide range of constantly changing, quality products at discounted prices, which was how the name QD was established.
Nick said: “Effectively QD was one of the first discounters on the High Street in East Anglia and, despite strong competition, our business continues to thrive and remains a key part of the local communities in which we operate. In 2016 we will be raising money for the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, as a charity which operates across a core area of our geographical heartland.
“We’re proud of the business we’ve established and of its strong foundations. Everything is paid for, not built on credit.”
The QD Group has also been able to provide numerous employment opportunities to people within its local communities. It currently employs approximately 1,500 people across the business, some of whom have worked for the organisation for more than 25 years.