16th september 2010
Halfords Group Plc
Halfords announces that Nick Wharton, Halfords Group Finance Director, will be leaving the company on Tuesday 30th November 2010 to become Chief Executive Designate of Dunelm Group plc. He will present the Interim Results and oversee the renewal of the Group's bank facilities prior to his departure.
The Board has initiated a search for a successor and will update shareholders when appropriate.
David Wild, Chief Executive Officer, commented:
"Nick has been a fantastic colleague and on behalf of the board I'd like to thank him for his major contribution to our progress. Over the last 8 years he has played a central role in Halfords' transition from a subsidiary of Boots, through private equity ownership to become a growing and successful plc. We congratulate him on his appointment and wish him well in his new role."
Tony Newbould, Halfords Investor Relations Officer 44 (0) 1527 513113
Neil Bennett, Maitland 44 (0) 207 379 5151
Richard Farnsworth, Maitland 44 (0) 207 379 5151
Halfords will issue a first half Trading Update on the 7th October 2010. This will cover the 13 and 26 weeks to 1st October 2010
Notes to Editors:
Halfords Group plc
The Group is the UK's leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products and through Nationwide Autocentres is also the UK's leading independent car servicing and repair operator.
Halfords employs approximately 11,000 staff and sells over 12,000 different product lines with significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats, roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include the in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium ranged Boardman cycles and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment, branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car entertainment systems, and a "werepair" service for cycles
Halfords customers shop at 462 stores in the UK and ROI and at Halfords.com for direct home delivery or pick-up at their local store. Nationwide Autocentres operates from 225 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at more affordable prices.