HALFORDS make cycle specialist role redundant
As cycling is changing in most ways for the better and road bike riding is no longer just for the hardened club cyclist more of us have been tempted by the nations biggest retailer. No doubt most cyclists will have had mixed feelings when dealing with Halfords,but in recent times the carrera range and then the exceptional Boardmans have raised the bar.I know it was a bit hit and miss depending on which store you went to but if you where lucky you could have been served by an knowledgeable enthusiast who also knew how to run a bike shop. In my experience this was happening more and more . But it seems the bike huts will soon be managed by staff who are seen as potential store managers with no bike knowledge required. This position will be part of the development ladder to overall store manager. They will be the only full-time member of staff in bike hut, but as the role means he is 3rd in charge of the whole store he will be required to be involved with the other areas on a regular basis. The plan is to employ staff on 7 or 15 hour contracts to fill the gaps. e.g. 15 hours will probably be working 3 hours,over 5 days and a mix of 3 or 4 hours shifts overlapping at other times . Surly any gains Halfords have made over recent times are at risk.I wonder what Mr Boardman thinks ?