St Helier is getting its first shop that doesn’t feature a single till, or see any cash change hands as the internet revolution arrives on Jersey’s high street. Local online furniture website Mypad.je is launching a showroom in a fusion of internet and traditional shop.
Instead of tills the Mypad.je showroom will feature ipads and large screens so that shoppers can browse the soft furnishings on show and then order online in the showroom, or at home.
Entrepreneur and Managing Director Paul Clark said this is the first shop of its kind in the Island: ‘We have been bemoaning the demise of the high street due to internet shopping, this is the fight back. A traditional shop can’t provide the range I can on my website, and to even try would put up the overheads which would have to be passed on in the price to customers. This way shoppers can come and look at the range of furniture and home interiors, see the quality of the products, and then choose from the vast range the website carries, either in store, or at home. We have to accept that traditional retailing is struggling, and if we want to encourage Islanders to shop in Jersey and not spend their money with big UK online retailers, then we have to provide a credible and cost-effective alternative with excellent service.’
Paul Clark, has over 25 years experience in local retail, most recently as Operations Manager for the Co-op. He launched Mypad.je an online furniture and home interiors site for the local market in January 2013, and the business has grown beyond expectations.
The website offers a large range of home and garden furniture with 0% finance options, free delivery and assembly, and removal of your old furniture. Living in the island, Paul and his team can be with customers every step of the way, from range selection in the comfort of their own home, through to delivery and assembly. The business offers convenience with the reassurance of being local, and without the costs associated with a traditional retail outlet.
The new Mypad.je showroom is opening at No. 3, The West Centre. St Helier and opens on Saturday March 29th.