New Hobbycraft websites might be in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire; Southend in Essex; and Bromborough on Merseyside and can create 40 new retail jobs.
The chain stated its adjusted pre-tax revenue for the yr to February 2022 was £15m, up from £13.8 million the earlier yr. The corporate expressed that it was “extremely properly positioned”, however the 2023 monetary yr could be “difficult”.
Dominic Jordan, Hobbycraft’s chief government, stated “a number of new initiatives” had been deliberate together with a brand new web site, workshop channel, additional new shops and a subscription mannequin.
“Nevertheless, we’re acutely aware that the yr forward might be very difficult, significantly given the numerous inflationary pressures on our prospects and we’re beginning to see this impression on market demand within the early a part of full-year 2023,” he stated. He then added that there had been a major improve in freight prices.
The agency, based in 1995 and now with over 100 shops throughout the UK, revealed complete income rose 14.8% from £176.9m in 2021 to £203.1m in 2022.
The corporate needed to shut for seven weeks in 2021 throughout Covid restrictions because it was not classed as a necessary retailer.
It noticed e-commerce gross sales develop 58.2% from the purpose shops reopened in April 2021 in comparison with pre-pandemic ranges in 2020.
Seven new shops and 100 new jobs had been created within the yr to February 2022, together with openings in Leicester, Rochester in Kent, and Boucher Crescent in Northern Eire.