Fonemenders opens new stores


Fonemenders, the handset repair division of Irish B2B distributor Commercial Wireless, is to open three new outlets in the coming months, bringing its total store count to eight.

Fonemenders has outlets in Dublin city centre, Sandyford in south Dublin, Clondalkin in west Dublin, Cork and Limerick. Three new sites have been earmarked for the north side of Dublin, the west coast and the midlands. They will create up to 20 new jobs.

Fonemenders, accredited by all the major manufacturers, is also considering opening an outlet in Northern Ireland. It will also extend its repair offering beyond mobile phones to include devices such as the Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and laptops.

Fonemenders managing director Conor Headon said: “The key driver for the business is an ongoing change in mobile phone purchasing patterns, as users adapt to the recession by getting phones repaired rather than buying new models.

“A key aspect of the Fonemenders offering is that users can get phones repaired considerably faster than through other outlets – turnaround time is as low as an hour in many cases.”

Fonemenders brought in revenues of around €3.1 million (£2.72 million) last year, up from €2.8 million in 2007.

The company anticipates an increase in 2009 turnover to approximately €3.9 million, although revenue could potentially reach €5 million following the opening of its three new outlets.

The Limerick and Cork Fonemenders outlets were acquired when Commercial Wireless took over Choice Communications in 2005.
The Clondalkin facility was acquired when Commercial Wireless took over the Irish operations of French firm ANOVO last year.