Retail Week has reported that The Entertainer’s MD Gary Grant said the appointment will see Hargreaves applying his knowledge of toy retail gained at Woolworths in order to grow the business.
Grant commented: “We want to unify standards between branches and Nick will enable us to grow by putting scalable policies and procedures in place.”
In the past, the toy retailer has had a tradition of promoting from within, but Grant commented that it needed external input if the chain is to grow.
He said: “We’ve got an appetite for growing the business over the next five years so we need changes if we are going to be 50 per cent, or 100 per cent bigger.”
Grant said sales are buoyant and there are lots of property opportunities available for expansion. He expects to open between two and five stores this year.
He said The Entertainer’s objective in the past year has been to consolidate the business in order to “create a platform for fast expansion in 2010”.