Low cost warehouse-style showrooms have seen the retail group, The Disc Shop, mushroom across Queensland in the past couple of years. And with two more shops on the way, the chain may turn its eyes towards NSW this year.
Alan Green claims his privately-owned chain has become Australia’s largest independent computer retailing outfits. The Disc Shop has a turnover of nearly $30 million a year. It will have eight stores by April. A new store launches in Townsville in March and a Mackay store is planned for an Easter opening.
Aiming to increase turnover to $50 million by organic growth, Green said he was considering an offer to take his business to NSW this year as part of a new shopping centre development.
While the low overheads of its do-it-yourself warehouse showrooms mean low prices for consumers, Green admitted that the Disc Shop’s cut throat pricing was not as popular with rivals in the channel: “If we go interstate we’re going to upset a lot of people,” he said.
Later in the year, the company will move into a new headquarters in north Brisbane which will also serve as a distribution point and mail order facility.
The new facility would boast Australia’s largest computer showroom at 1000 sqm, Green said.
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