As a cooking specialist.

BSR Group has welcomed its newest member to the group, Prestige Appliances Chatswood in Sydney’s lower north shore.

Joining as a premium cooking and appliance member, Prestige Appliances will enjoy the many benefits associated with being part of a national buying group, whilst maintaining their local brand and identity, BSR Group CEO, Graeme Cunningham told Appliance Retailer.

“We are excited to welcome Franz, Christine and the Prestige Appliances brand into our group. They are outstanding retailers, who optimise what our group stands for,” he said.

“They operate a wonderful business, built on the back of hard work, excellent customer service and a deep connection to their local community. We very much look forward to supporting them in the many ways our group can as they continue to service their local community now and well into the future.

“We are committed to providing support for local independent retailers, looking to compete in today’s ever evolving retail landscape.”

Prestige Appliances Chatswood store owner, Franz Josef Rupp said the appliance retail business was established in 1987 as Chatswood Appliances Centre with three departments – sales, repair and parts.

“We purchased the business as a going concern in 2005 and have operated for the last 10 years as an independent appliance retailer.

“In the ever-changing marketplace over the last couple of years it became apparent that more importers, distributors and manufacturers did not want to deal with small independent privately owned retailers. This resulted in our decision to approach the BSR Group with the intentions of joining them as a member of their cooking specialist stores.

“We have recently joined Betta Home Living (BSR Group) as a member store (cooking specialist) whilst still remaining a kitchen and laundry specialist retailer.  We will continue to trade as Prestige Appliances Chatswood and Prestige Appliances online.

“In addition to most Betta cooking and laundry core brands, we will continue to sell and represent selected exclusive brands such as Bora, Bertazzoni, La Germania, V-Zug and Elica, to name a view.”