Source: NW Evening Mail, 30 September 2010
A NATIONAL retailer is creating 30 jobs by opening a second store in Barrow.
B&M Bargains, which already has one store in Dalton Road, has confirmed it is taking over the former JJB store in Hollywood Retail Park, creating 30 jobs.
Chief executive Simon Arora told the Evening Mail that the discount chain is set to open its second Barrow store in November.
Positions created include a store manager, deputy store manager, cash office manager, floor manager and part-time general assistants.
B&M now trade from 209 stores compared to 20 stores four years ago.
In the last two years it has been opening over one new store every week.
A company spokesman said: “What is amazing about our growth is that is has been secured without a penny spent on advertising.
“We are finding that simply opening the doors is sufficient for a store to attract on average 10,000 shoppers every week.
“The secret to this is very simple – we sell branded product at discounted prices. Mainstream retailers do not like us, but the shopping public are obviously voting with their feet.”
Electronics retail outlet Maplin has also confirmed it will open a store in Barrow, in the former premises of Au Naturale store on Corner House Retail Park.
The store is set to open on October 30.
The total number of jobs created is yet to be announced but vacancies will include an assistant manager/sales team leader and full and part time sales advisers.
Maplin Electronics runs over 170 successful stores across the UK, and continues to expand year on year.
The retail giant’s goal is to eventually have 250 stores across the UK and Ireland.
Furness Enterprise has been working with Maplin to make sure the positions are filled by the best possible candidates.
Stuart Klosinski, industrial development manager at Furness Enterprise, said: “It’s crucially important that we broaden the range of retail outlets in and on the edge of Barrow town centre.
“This is a welcome addition to the range of shops that is available to local people and visitors to the town.
“This reinforces people’s confidence in Barrow as a retail centre.”
Ann Taylforth, town centre manager at Barrow Borough Council, said an additional 13 empty premises had been taken on in the town during the last few months.
She said: “If nothing else it shows confidence in Barrow.
“Research I carried out this week found that in the last few months, four empty premises in Portland Walk had been taken on and a further nine in Dalton Road.”
Other recent store openings in Dalton Road include the Lakes Bakery and an army surplus store.
First published at 13:07, Thursday, 30 September 2010
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