About Comet Electrical Shop UK

Comet used to be one of the largest online and high street retailers of electrical products in the UK. Specialising in consumer electronics and white goods they were a familiar store in the shopping centres around the country. Before the doors closed for the last time on 18 December 2012 this ended a retail history going back to 1933. We can direct you to the nearest competitor still trading which is Currys electrical store.
Comet stores close their doors

Why Comet shops closed

With the rapid growth of shopping online going into the 2000’s it was hard for the traditionally high street retailers to keep up. This had a negative impact on Comet Warehouse and electrical superstore. In fact, they just got squeezed out of the market. Even the big supermarkets like Tesco’s started selling the same electrical goods like TVs, digital cameras and music players. Online electrical sellers moved into the internet market quicker and more efficiently than Comet. In short Comet Electrical just did not keep up with the times and consumer habits.
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History of Comet Electrical

Comet goes right back to 1933 when it was established by George Hollingbery as a wireless set (radio) battery charging business. At the time they were called Comet Battery Stores. This was on the North East of England in a place called Hull. Business develops and they diversify in to the radio rental business. The electrical retail business expanded during the 50s and 60s. The first Comet electrical store opened in Hull. During the 1970s times were good for Comet and they continued to grow and became a publicly listed company. The 80s was a time of mergers and buyouts. They were eventually bought out by Paternoster Stores later to become Kingfisher plc who owned Woolworths and B&Q. In 2003 Comet became part of (Kesa) Kingfisher Electricals SA. Kesa was demerged from Kingfisher. By 2011 after suffering sustained losses Comet was sold to private equity firm OpCapita for just £2. Strangely Kesa also gave OpCapita £50m as part of the deal. This £50m supposedly to cover outstanding warranties of already purchased items. Surprisingly OpCapita failed to improve the fortunes of Comet. In November 2012, Comet entered administration. The comet.co.uk website became unreachable to customers. It did come back online in November to direct customers to stores that were selling the liquidated electrical stock. All shops and stock were liquidated and shut by 18 December. Administrators were brought in (Deloitte) but they failed to find a buyer for Comet. The real victims of this notable brand closing are all the hard-working staff who lost their jobs and income just before Christmas.

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Comet electrical giant at its height had hundreds of stores throughout the country and was the go-to store when buying a new TV or any electrical appliance for the home. The categories of electrical goods sold covered the whole home from cleaning and laundry to entertainment. If it was a new washer you needed or a clothes dryer, they would have a great stock list at amazing prices. It’s a real pity they didn’t pull their finger out and update the business when it was needed.

It does not look like Comet will make a return the market is fiercely competitive and they could not compete. The website comet.co.uk is still not in use and mat be under some legal wrangling.

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Shopping for electrical items online

Top tip for a bargain is to go straight to a website’s sale and clearance section. Most electrical online retailers will have a dedicated page with offers this could be discontinued lines or any overstock that they are trying to shift. When using an electrical shops online search use the option that presents results in price from low to high. Also filter the results by the size you require. Using filters will help save time and avoid disappointment. Once you have chosen an item and you arrive at the checkout and see a box where you can input a discount or promo code. Open another window and google the retailers name along with the term promo code. You never know you could be in for some discount off the price.