Exchange 2010 powershell store primary smtpaddress in a variable

I am trying to write a simple script however I am coming across a strange problem. I would like to store the primarysmtpaddress value in a variable. The code I am using is below which i thought would be very simple but it isnt working as i expected.

$user = get-mailbox hutchl
$mainemail = $user.primarysmtpaddress

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Running the command get-mailbox hutchl | select-object primarysmtpaddress returns the results as I expect.
However running the script above does not. It returns multiple values when stored in a variable.
stored in variable

All I am trying to do is store the primarysmtpaddress into a variable of my choosing.
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Joseph DalyAsked:
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Primarysmtpaddress is a multivalued property.. to get the Primarysmtpaddress as single value you need to convert it to string..

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Joseph DalyAuthor Commented:
Looks like adding the .tostring worked.
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