The Good Guys (Australian company)
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|Australian Private Company|
|Founded||Essendon, Victoria 1952|
Number of locations
Michael Ford (CEO)
|Products||Whitegoods, small appliances, consumer electronics|
|Revenue||A$2 billion (2009–10 estimate)|
|Parent||The Muir Electrical Company Pty. Ltd.|
|Slogan||"Pay Less, Pay Cash!"|
The Good Guys is a chain of consumer electronics retail stores in Australia and formerly New Zealand. Its national headquarters is based in the Melbourne suburb of Airport West, Victoria. The company was founded by Ian Muir and following his death in 2009 ownership of the chain remains with the Muir family.
Ian Muir began retailing electrical goods in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon in 1952. Initial growth was slow, with 14 stores across Victoria and Queensland trading under the brand name Mighty Muir by 1992, when Ian and son Andrew renamed the chain of stores "The Good Guys". A strong advertising campaign in 1998 resulted in increased sales, driving rapid expansion of stores across the country. By 2009, the chain had grown to 89 stores across Australia. In 2012, there were 97 stores in Australia.
In January 2010, the retailer announced plans to expand into the New Zealand market, opening its first store in May at Wairau Valley in North Shore. A second store at Botany Downs opened in July, followed by a third in Manukau. By June 2014, there were five stores across the Auckland Metropolitan Area when the company announced it would pull out of the New Zealand Market citing poor returns. Following the announcement, The Warehouse Group agreed to take over the leases of the Good Guys stores and re-employ most of their local staff.
The Good Guys received the initial Choice award for best retailer in 2010 and the annual Roy Morgan Customer Satisfaction Award for 2011 in the furniture/electronics retail category. The latter award, presented by market research firm Roy Morgan Research is based on feedback from customers and heads of business from all over Australia.
Good Guys stores mainly operate as joint venture partnerships between individual store proprietors and the Muir family, although about 40% of the group is corporately owned. The JV model has proven successful and operates such that store proprietors own half the store operation and operate it as their own business. The Good Guys stores are generally large warehouse type stores and rely on volume in sales, often negotiating sale of products for much less than the recommended retail prices as part of their 'Pay Less Pay Cash' catchline. The company also offers a 30-day price guarantee, whereby customers who find a lower advertised price at a competing store after purchasing may be eligible to receive a 120% refund on the price difference between the two products. Television commercials for The Good Guys notably feature the song Good Vibrations, by The Beach Boys, with altered lyrics.
In 2010, competitor JB Hi-Fi were reported as interested in purchasing the chain for a reported sum of $750 million, however, the parties could not reach agreement and the deal was not finalised. It has also been reported that both Wesfarmers and the US based Blackstone Group had expressed interest in purchasing the chain. Analysts value the business at close to $600 million, however it is believed the Muir family will not sell for less than $1 billion. The organisation of the company with stores being held in joint ownership has added complexity to negotiations with potential buyers.
In 2010, The Good Guys established The Good Foundation and in partnership with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and the Queensland state government funded the establishment of the first Australian Ministry of Food centre in Ipswich, west of Brisbane. The Foundation aims to encourage and support programs and initiatives that have the potential to improve the health and social welfare of communities across Australia, with particular regard to tackling obesity, poor nutrition and diet by raising awareness of the impact of these issues on the health care system.
All Good Guys stores participate in the Local Giving Program. Through this program, a percentage of every online and instore transaction is donated to community organisations in the local area surrounding the store. Each store generally supports more than one organisation and features a token box, where customers are encouraged to vote for their preferred charity by placing a token given with their receipt in a corresponding slot.
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