New Stores

At McCarthy Retail we appreciate that great people are the true driving force behind every successful Retail business.  As an award winning recruitment specialist, (being named Best Retail Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality) we excel at finding the right talent for our clients when they open a New Store!


At McCarthy, we have a specific New Store Opening package called ‘The Runner’.  which represents a great low cost option for our Clients as it is priced differently from our other packages.  With ‘The Runner’ we simply charge a one off fee for recruiting a full complement of staff for New Stores which our Clients find to be great value.  As all of our ‘New Stores Team’ at McCarthy all come from a retail and hospitality background themselves, they are adept at partnering with Retail/Hospitality organisations across the UK to source talent for their New stores incorporating Store Managers to Sales Advisors and everything in between.


At McCarthy we work with a number of well-known and highly respected Retailers both on the High Street and in Out of Town locations.  The Sectors we assist with their New Store Openings include:


Food Multiple are the mainstay of British retailing locally, and increasingly, the same can be said of the Sector across the globe. More recently, Food Retailers and Supermarkets have diversified into selling clothing, homewares, non-food, banking and many other service based offerings which has resulted in the increased impact of Food Multiples/Supermarkets on the retail landscape. 

On the convenience side, discount, niche and big brand small-store formats have changed the way we shop and continue to pop up on our high streets creating numerous growth opportunities.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Food/Supermarket and Convenience sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, North East, Large Value Food Retailer
  • Full Store Complement, Richmond, Specialist Drinks Retailer


Our Fashion clients range from luxury designer stores to value brands as well as small independent boutiques and emerging brands.  At McCarthy we understand that regardless of the size of the Fashion brand that we are working with, the Sector requires candidates who are not only capable, driven and experienced, but also the right ‘fit’ for their brand.

Within Fashion, there are a number of areas that we specialise in:


At McCarthy, we work with a wide range of well-known High Street clothing brands, Fashion Outlets and those specialising in Men and Womenswear.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Fashion and Clothing Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Luxury Womenswear, Shrewsbury
  • Full Store Complement, Childrenswear, London



We work with a range of well-known high street footwear brands as well as niche retailers and boutique independent specialists.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Footwear Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Cirencester, Specialist Footwear Retailer
  • Full Store Complement, Basildon, UK based Footwear Retailer


     Jewellery and Accessories 

At McCarthy we work with a wide range of high-street jewellery retailers as well as well-known accessory brands in addition to smaller, boutique providers.

Recent roles we have recruited to within Jewellery and Accessories Sectors include: 

  • Full Store Complement, Swindon, Boutique Jewellery Retailer



Our Luxury brand clients seek to hire the very best talent with relevant specialist experience, sales ability and excellent customer engagement techniques.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Luxury Fashion Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Essex, Luxury Lifestyle Brand



We work with a number of International and UK based Sportwear brands, recruiting for adhoc Management roles as well as full Store complements.  We understand that our Sportswear clients are looking for people that are passionate about sport and keeping fit, we therefore drive our Clients’ recruitment campaigns accordingly.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Sportswear Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Flagship Store, London, International Sportswear brand
  • Full Store Complement, Scotland, Sports Retailer


     Specialist Fashion

At McCarthy we work with many specialist retailers within the Fashion Sector such as Wedding Dress, Business Wear, Plus Size Clothing and Lingerie Retailers etc.

Recent roles we have recruited to within these specialist markers include:

  • Full Store Complement, Edinburgh, Lingerie Retailer


     Department Stores

McCarthy work with a number of Department Stores and concessions within them to hire the best talent for their businesses.






The DIY/Garden and Trade Sectors are a wide ranging and diverse Sector including Big Box DIY brands, out of town trade and merchant stores as well as design-led retailers.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the DIY and Trade/Merchant Sector include:

  • Full Department Complement, North West, National DIY Retailer


The Sectors of Telecoms and Electrical are constantly evolving with the consistent introduction of new products and cutting edge advancements in technology meaning that these Sectors have to remain competitive, keeping abreast of the rapid changes in the market.  Due to the increased focus on KPI’s and assisted selling in this arena, customer service is key, resulting in the need for target focussed leaders who can drive sales through service.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Telecoms and electrical Sectors include:

  • Full Store Complement, Yorkshire, Electrical/White Goods Retailer


The Homeware and Furniture Retailers across the UK include specialist furniture providers, large household brands, smaller boutique stores and newer value based concepts. 

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Homeware and Furnishings Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Oxford, Home Floorings Retailer
  • Full Store Complement, Aberdeen, Homewares Retailer


As the consumer population have latterly become more fitness conscious, adventurous and keen to holiday closer to home (partly due to Social Media) there has been an increased uptake in customer spending within the Leisure/Outdoors markets.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Leisure and Outdoors Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Bristol, Leading Outdoors Brand
  • Full Store Complement, Kent, Outdoors Retailer

Multi Product

The diverse ‘Multi Product’ Sector consists of clients including toy and games retailers, charity shops, stationers and the ever growing value sector.

Within Multi Product there are a number of areas that we specialise in:


The value market within Retail has seen its biggest increase in sales in recent years and Retailers across a variety of Sectors are moving towards a more ‘value’ based proposition.  McCarthy work with a variety of clients within this Sector and appreciate the need for hard working, driven individuals who can work with passion and pace for their brands.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Value Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, London, Value Food Retailer

     Pet Care                                                                                                

With an increasing number of consumers looking for quality, specialist goods in the Pet Care arena, McCarthy aim to source talent for our Clients within this Sector who have a passion for customer care combined with a genuine interest in animals and pets.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Pet Care Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Cheshire, Leading UK Pet Care Retailer


     Parenting and Early Years

At McCarthy we support our clients within the parenting and early years Retail Sector to recruit customer service driven Retailers with specialist expertise in this arena.


As the traditional stationery provider has diversified into selling toys, gifts and cards in recent years, the stationery market is now fast paced and increasingly competitive.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Stationery and Gift Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, South Manchester, Card and Gift Retailer


At McCarthy we work with a number of Clients who specialise in supplying their customers with high quality Children’s Toys, Games and Gifts.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Toys/Games Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Norfolk, Independent Toy and Game Retailer




Historically service-led, the Health Sector requires staff with specialist expertise, a customer service based approach and high ethical standards.  Our Clients within this market include Beauty, Optical, Hearing and Pharmacy specialists.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Healthcare Sector have included:

  • Full Store Complement, Leading Optical Provider


The Entertainment and Leisure Sectors include boutique local and national cinema houses, large fitness clubs as well as leisure complexes and tourist attractions.

Recent roles we have recruited to within the Entertainment and Leisure Sector include:

  • Full Store Complement, Lancashire, Fast Food Restaurant, Leisure Complex


McCarthy offer a New Stores package, ‘The Runner’, which provides a value based, low cost solution to sourcing full complements of staff for New Store Openings.

The Consultants in our New Stores team have considerable experience of working to tight deadlines in order to source great talent for New Store Openings in a variety of Retail organisations throughout the UK.  We understand that in Retail, great people and great Managers are essential to the successful launch of a New Store; therefore the risk in not finding the right Managers and Customer facing staff to create a great first impression for Customers can carry considerable risk. 

At McCarthy we understand the Retail market and its pressure points because we have extensive experience of recruiting within the field, and moreover, ALL of us have a background within Retail ourselves.  In fact, our in depth knowledge of the Retail market and its operation in turn ensures that we nurture strong relationships and broad networks and we are passionate about not only accessing the best talent but also staying connected to them!

Our approach at McCarthy is not just about being reactive to the market, we are proud of our proactive and innovative approaches, which, combined with robust account management and a clear customer focus ultimately means consistent delivery of a high quality full store complement for each assignment. 

The McCarthy New Stores Team are fast becoming a widely-recognised name across the Retail Industry. We are currently working with several leading Retailers of varying sizes and in different markets, providing them with a full complement of staff for their New Store Openings.  We can work to a wide range of client briefs, however, typical roles our New Stores team recruit for include:

  • Flagship Store Manager
  • Showroom Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Deputy Store Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Section Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Team Leader/Supervisor
  • Customer Service Advisor
  • Sales Assistants (Full and Part time)


The Team at McCarthy understand that Retail Stores professionals are looking for a professional and consultative service from a Recruitment Consultancy.  At McCarthy we are able to not only provide you advice on your career prospects and opportunities available to you but we are also on hand to support you with your job search, offering you valuable yet constructive feedback on how to make the most of your skills.

If we are currently recruiting for a suitable role for you within Retail Operations or Retail Management then we will take you through a comprehensive screening and interview process, followed by giving you a full brief on the role for which you're being considered.  On the other hand, if we do not have anything available that suits what you are looking for we will market your profile out to our network of relevant Clients within the Retail Industry in order to find you your perfect job.

We are an award winning recruitment specialist, being named Best Retail Recruiter in the UK due to our commitment to service and quality. We are well connected in the Retail Industry and have well established partner relationships built up since our inception in 2005.  Our New Stores Team truly know the market, they are well networked, have their ear to the ground and are able to provide you with a range of advice including: Interview skills, CV Writing and assisting you with working out what you really want from your next role.  As we work with candidates at all levels within Retail we will seek to help you find the very best role for you that will match your skills, experience and desires in order that your next job move truly enhances your career.

Contact Us

If you are looking for assistance in recruiting for a New Store or are looking for a new role in your local areas do pick up the phone the New Stores team for a chat on 0161 8288726.

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