A one-stop-shop for guitar enthusiasts has opened at the Flemingate centre in Beverley, East Yorkshire, boasting a stunning array of 150 instruments, with more to come.
Guitar Galleries will draw musicians to the retail and leisure destination from far and wide with a range of guitars from leading brands to rival anything to be found across the North of England.
The move to its new 3,000 sq ft, two-storey Flemingate home is a milestone in the growth of the specialist retailer. Guitar Galleries secured the Flemingate unit having outgrown its previous store in Beverley’s Wednesday Market, which has now closed.
Guitar Galleries has the capacity to stock 200 guitars for musicians and guitar lovers to try before they buy from leading brands including Gibson; Epiphone; PRS; Fender; Taylor; CF Martin; PJD; Rickenbacker; Eastman; and Boss.
Taylor, a leading manufacturer of acoustic and electric guitars, has confirmed Guitar Galleries is now a “Taylor Experience Centre”, fitting out part of the new store’s ground floor to recognise its status as a “Premier Dealer”. This means more than 60 Taylor guitars are in stock, ranging in price from £400 to £6,000.
Guitar Galleries managing director Matt Dunn, who is also a performing guitarist, said: “The new shop looks amazing. You would be hard pushed to walk into a better-looking guitar shop with such a wide range of quality products in the North of England.
“The new space has capacity to hold 200 guitars, compared to 40 in our Wednesday Market store. And we are incredibly proud to be a Premier Dealer for Taylor guitars, with a whole wall dedicated to the brand. This is a hugely exciting time for the business.”
Prices start at £100 for an entry-level guitar and the store offers servicing, repairs and a set-up and re-string service. The business also buys and sells used guitars and offers trade-in deals against new guitars. In addition, 0 per cent finance is available on purchases.
Guitar Galleries was founded in 2010 with a store in Scarborough which continues to trade successfully. Building on that, the Wednesday Market shop opened in 2016 and the relocation of the Beverley store to the larger unit at Flemingate demonstrates the enduring appeal of retailers offering a high-quality in-store experience to customers.
Two additional members of staff have been hired as a result of the expansion, taking the Beverley team to five.
Matt added: “This area hasn’t had a premium guitar shop in recent years, so people have had to travel to Leeds or York. People are able to walk in and see products they haven’t seen in a local guitar shop for a very long time.
“Our customers can see, feel and play the guitars and find what’s right for them. As a team, we have well over 100 years of experience in guitar musicianship between us and it’s a privilege to supply the world’s best brands.
“The larger premises also means we can now offer guitar lessons, which we haven’t been able to do before.”
Flemingate Centre manager Graham Tait said: “Guitar Galleries’ store looks stunning and the product range is amazing – there’s nothing like it for many miles around.
“Guitar Galleries is a fabulous, family-owned business that already has a very loyal customer base but needed more room to grow. Moving to Flemingate has enabled that growth and provided a great, two-storey unit that allows the stock to be displayed really well.
“Guitar Galleries is a destination retailer, so it’s yet another reason to visit Flemingate and Beverley and discover all the other great shops, restaurants and things to do and see in the town.”
Guitar Galleries is open seven days a week – from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and from 11am to 3pm on Sundays.
Owned by Hull-based commercial developer Wykeland Group, Flemingate is Beverley’s largest-ever regeneration scheme. The centre features big-name retail and leisure brands and local independents, as well as being home to the East Riding College campus, an 80-bed Premier Inn hotel, a six-screen digital cinema, Parkway, and the Inflata Nation inflatable theme park.