Retail Property - Maplin tests concept store at Blackpool park

Specialist retailer Maplin Electronics has opened a concept store at Blackpool, Lancashire.

It has taken an 8,000 sq ft (740 sq m) unit at Blackpool Retail Park, Squires Gate Lane, which will feature a new layout and a revised product line-up.

The Blackpool store is part of the retailer's ongoing expansion plan.

Maplin Electronics commercial director David O'Reilly said: 'If the concept store is the success that we anticipate, the model will be rolled out nationwide.'

The retailer now has 85 stores across the UK, and is expanding at the rate of 10 stores a year.

Robert Bebbington & Co is Maplin's property agent.