A1 Motor Stores member, Epic Accessories, are delighted to be awarded Thule, one of the world’s leaders in sport and utility transportation, car accessory provider of the Year.
Epic Accessories based in Leicester opened its doors in 1969 and the late Jim Gutteridge ran the store as a family business.
Forty-two years on and Epic Accessories is still a family-run business in the capable hands of Jim’s daughter Samantha who runs the store with her partner.
Samantha Gutteridge has managed Epic since 1997 and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the motor accessories business; she runs her store with her partner and two other members of staff.
Epic joined A1 Motor Stores four years ago for the discounts and promotions. However Samantha said the business has gained so much more, she commented: “Joining A1 has giving me the opportunity to talk to likeminded members and also be part of something bigger, customers are reassured when they see the A1 signage as they know they are going to get a high standard of service, competitive prices and we still maintain our independence.”
Epic offers Thule roof boxes, bars and cycle carriers to buy and also offers a fitting service in addition the store also offer a hiring and fitting service for bars and carriers to customers, which is proving popular.
The Thule brand was established in Sweden in 1942.Thule is a premium brand used globally for a wide assortment of products with a focus on solving the problem of how to bring equipment with you when using a car (roof racks, bike and water sports carriers, roof boxes). There are also other product areas such as accessories for recreational vehicles, trailers for active life (horses, boats, etc.), snow chains and luggage. Thule is the largest brand in the Thule Group.
Thule was looking for businesses that serviced and met the demands from customers in store and that marketed the Thule product range effectively.
Samantha was recently presented with a plaque at the store for Thule premium car accessory provider of the Year.
Samantha added: “We have been working with Thule for over 25 years. We take pride and make a lot of effort to ensure the store looks presentable and that we give our customers the highest standard of service. To win the award means that we are on the right track and our efforts have been rewarded as our customers keep coming back.”
For more information: www.epicaccessories.co.uk