90s christmas commercial from Currys
Currys is an electrical retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is owned by DSG International plc. It specialises in home electronics and household appliances, with 295 superstores and 73 high street stores. It is often supported with the marketing slogan; “Currys… We Can Help”
Currys is a part of the DSGi chain alongside the likes of PCWorld, Dixons and Pixmania, DSGi holds stores in countries across Europe.
Their annual sales in 2003/04 were £1,752 million and £1,852 million in 2004/05.
Currently the store which has the highest turnover is in Wednesbury (north of Birmingham, just off Junction 9 of the M6). Other major stores are located in Fosse Park, Leicester, Teesside Park (Stockton-on-Tees), Gateshead, New Malden and Croydon. The largest store in terms of size is Wednesbury. New stores have recently been opened in Solihull, Newport (on the Isle of Wight), Chorley, Ashford, Sudbury, [Livingston] and in New Malden.
In April 2006, it was announced that Dixons stores (except in Ireland) would be rebranded as “Currys.digital”, taking the total to 550 stores. In Ireland, the Currys brand continued to be only used for large-format stores, with Dixons retained on the main streets. However, in August 2008, the Dixons stores in Ireland were rebranded as Currys , similar to the UK move, but without the “.digital” suffix and with a new Currys logo.
Currently, Currys is the leading electrical retailer in the United Kingdom, ahead of their main competitor Comet.
Currys was founded in 1884 by Henry Curry (born 1850), when he started to build bicycles full time in a shed at the back of his garden at 40 Painter Street, Leicester, England. He opened his first shop in 1888 at 271 Belgrave Gate, Leicester. The company was put on a proper financial footing in 1897 when Henry formed a partnership with his sons, calling the company H. Curry & Sons. The business continued to grow and floated on the stock exchange in 1927. By this time the shops sold a wide variety of goods including bicycles, toys, radios and gramophones. Currys pulled out of cycle manufacturing and retailing in the 1960s to concentrate on electrical goods. Currys is a retailer of elecrical goods and is a plc.
Info gleaned from Wikipedia