Maplin coming to Worthing

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A TOP electronics chain is coming to Worthing town centre.

Maplin is opening in the former Argos catalogue shop, Chapel Road, in April.

The chain, which has more than 170 stores across the UK, sells a huge range of electronic goods, ranging from flat screen TVs and sat navs to surveillance systems and toys.

Maplin, launched in 1972, describes itself as the UK’s biggest and best specialist retailer of consumer electronics, selling more than 15,000 different products.

The announcement is a boost to the town centre, which witnessed the closure of several shops.

Potters children’s store, South Street; the Cheeky Shoe Company, Warwick Street, and Maison Marguerite cake shop, Warwick Street, have all shut.

But Jump Clothing, a shop selling Mod-influenced fashions, has opened in the Guildbourne Centre.

Town centre manager Sharon Clarke said: “The sales have been going well and footfall over the first two days has been up three per cent on 2009.

“Shops are reporting that people are buying and, in particular, the more expensive items are proving popular, as people have tried to purchase these before the rise in VAT.”

She said the small independent stores had closed because they were struggling to compete, or because leases had expired.