New Mas­ters store to open be end of year

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

THE lo­cal job mar­ket is set to re­ceive a boost, with a Mas­ters Home Im­prove­ment store to open in Pen­rith in late De­cem­ber.

The Wool­worths-owned hard­ware store will em­ploy 130 full-time, part-time and ca­sual work­ers as Pen­rith Coun­cil strives to cre­ate 40,000 new jobs by 2031.

The Mul­goa Rd out­let will be the third large-scale home and hard­ware store to open in the area. There is also one in St Marys.

Mas­ters store man­ager John Pratt said the com­pe­ti­tion was not a con­cern.

“We have a broad range of trad­ing hours, so we pro­vide very flex­i­ble times (that) peo­ple can work,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the latest Pen­rith Coun­cil fig­ures, 87,200 Pen­rith res­i­dents are cur­rently em­ployed. About 30,800 have found a job in the Pen­rith re­gion, but each day 56,400 res­i­dents are forced to leave the area for work.

“We will em­ploy mums, we will have uni stu­dents and we will have peo­ple who will be em­ployed in their first job as well,” Mr Pratt said. He said there would be 40 full-time, 50 part-time and 40 ca­sual work­ers.

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