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Barrow store’s return creates 21 jobs

NW Evenng Mail, Monday, 28 February 2011

MORE than 150 people applied for jobs with a national retailer returning to Barrow.

Poundstretcher left its premises in Dalton Road in 2003.

But the company will reopen in the former Allied Carpets store in Walney Road on March 8.

More than 150 people applied for just 21 positions at the store.

Store manager, Stephanie Hill, said she was surprised at the number of applicants.

She says there is potential to take on more employees – if the store performs well.

Ms Hill said: “I’d like to thank the people of Barrow for their response.

“We have taken on 21 and we will see when we’re up and running if we can take on anymore.

“We will be opening the store in the former Allied Carpets showroom on March 8.”

News of another high street retailer coming to the town was well received by business leaders.

Yvonne Athersmith, of Barrow Traders’ Association, said: “Any business coming in to Barrow is good news. If it takes up an empty shop, then even better.

“If you get the footfall, others will benefit. If we get people into the lovely town centre, and it is a lovely town centre now, it opens up the town.

“At the end of the day if that’s what the public wants, that is what it gets.”

Ann Taylforth, town centre and festivals manager for Barrow Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted another retailer is coming into Barrow.

“Poundstretcher has a long history of retail premises in the town, although they left a few years ago.

“If you go back about nine years, we had Super Pound and Poundstretcher, both were budget stores and they left. What Everyone Wants was another and that left. They (budget stores) tend to have a history of recycling themselves.”

First published at 13:20, Monday, 28 February 2011
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