Former Woolies currently being refitted for BrightHouse. Picture: Stuart Williams.
Dateline: 5 June 2009
For the past couple of weeks the former Woolworths store in Bloxwich High Street has been undergoing conversion work and shop fitting to turn it into a brand new BrightHouse shop. The Bloxidge Tallygraph can now reveal that the new homeware store will open on Saturday 27 June at 10am, with an opening “party” including face painting, balloon modelling, a music DJ and opening offers.
BrightHouse, which is the trading name of Caversham Finance Limited, sell home domestic and electronic appliances, household furniture and related products. They have taken over the property on a medium-term lease via Wolverhampton-based Michael Tromans estate agents.
Bloxwich West Councillor Melvin Pitt has been reported in the local press as saying he was not a fan of the store because of the interest it charges customers. BrightHouse spokesman Craig Breheny responded: “The APR at BrightHouse is 29.9 per cent, in line with your credit card. We would invite Councillor Pitt to meet with us so that he can find out more about the business.”
Local traders have apparently welcomed the news that the former Woolworths, which closed early this year, will now be occupied once more. Without BrightHouse, the prominent 1960s building could have been left an empty eyesore. What its future holds remains to be seen.