Raspberry Pi opens a store in Cambridge’s Grand Arcade
Raspberry Pi has opened a new store in the Grand Arcade.
The Cambridge company behind the bargain, credit-card sized computers has taken a one-year lease on the first-floor shop, previously occupied by Crew Clothing.
Raspberry Pi said the store, which opened today (Thursday) would allow users to “explore some of the things you can do with a Pi, discover our accessories and books, and get your hands on store-only exclusives”.
The 1,175 sq ft unit features an interactive environment and one-to-one advisory space, as well as product sales, with an educational slant.
Raspberry Pi will be offering in-store talks and Q&A sessions with specialists, and the hope is that hobbyists will be discuss their projects.
Edward Dodson, director at Cheffins, said: “In the current climate where few new occupiers are signing leases on retail units, Raspberry Pi have gone against the grain and taken a prime space in the centre of the Grand Arcade, illustrating the strength of their business in today’s market.
“The brief for Cheffins was to find Raspberry Pi a prime unit in a central location where customers can both purchase goods and enjoy an immersive experience.
“This is an exciting time for the Cambridge-born company and could well lead to further retail openings on a global basis.”
Opening times will be 9am-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-8pm on Wednesdays, 9am-7pm on Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays.
Meanwhile, Raspberry Pi Trading has purchased Custom PC and Digital SLR Photography magazines from Dennis Publishing.
Eben Upton, the creator of the Raspberry Pi computer, and chief executive of Raspberry Pi Trading, said: “We’ve been fans of Custom PC and Digital SLR Photography for a long time.
“When the opportunity arose to welcome these publications, and the teams behind them, into the Raspberry Pi Press family we simply couldn’t resist.
“They share with our existing titles a focus on creativity, and on helping their readers cultivate a deeper understanding of their respective fields.
“We’re profoundly grateful to Dennis Publishing for their work in making the transition a success, and look forward to many years as publisher of these amazing titles.”
Last October, Raspberry Pi Press - a subsidiary of Raspberry Pi Trading - launched Wireframe, a gaming magazine, adding it to its portfolio of magazines, which also include The Magpi and Hackspace Magazine.
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