100 jobs as new Range store pre­pares to open

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By PAUL GRIN­NELL paul.grin­nell@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Paulgrin­nell2

PETER­BOR­OUGH is set for a jobs bo­nanza af­ter a grow­ing re­tailer an­nounced plans to move into the city.

House­hold prod­ucts re­tailer The Range has an­nounced that it is to re­cruit up to 100 mem­bers of staff ready for when it opens its Peter­bor­ough store in July.

The com­pany, which was cre­ated in Ply­mouth 22 years ago and now em­ploys 4,000 peo­ple in 59 stores across the coun­try, is open­ing its first store in the city at the for­mer Fo­cus site in Boon­gate.

A spokesman for The Range said: “We will be an­nounc­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing day for our store in Peter­bor­ough very soon but can con­firm it will be in July.

“When we open a store we gen­er­ally em­ploy be­tween 100 and 150 peo­ple and re­cruit through the Job­cen­tre.”

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a change of use of the site was granted by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil sev­eral months ago.

The premises will be used for the sale of DIY, main­te­nance and im- prove­ment prod­ucts for the home, gar­den and car. A quar­ter of the floorspace would also be used to pro­vide a cafe for cus­tomers.

The news comes just days af­ter bosses of Asda Liv­ing, which sells the Ge­orge cloth­ing range and house­hold items, an­nounced they would cre­ate up to 200 jobs with the open­ing of a new store at the Brother­hood Shop­ping Park, in Lin­coln Road, Wal­ton, in the au­tumn.

The re­tail park is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a £23 mil­lion re­vamp and when com­plete is ex­pected to cre­ate a to­tal of 800 jobs through its tenants such as Asda Liv­ing, Next and Marks and Spencer and oth­ers.

There will be a fur­ther jobs cre­ation last this year with the open­ing of low cost cloth­ing chain Pri­mark, for which a store is cur­rently be­ing cre­ated at the Queens­gate Shop­ping cen­tre, in Peter­bor­ough.

The pend­ing jobs boost for the city comes as the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing Job­seeker’s Al­lowance has just hit a 17-year high.

Fig­ures re­leased by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics show the num­ber of Job­seeker’s Al­lowance claimants fell last month by just eight to 6,344 but still higher than 17 years ago.

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said: “Peter­bor­ough is a strong re­tail cen­tre, the city has a big house build­ing pro­gramme and is a good trans­port hub and the in­vest­ment by re­tail­ers is a vote of con­fi­dence in the city.

“I hope that with these jobs there will be a strong el­e­ment of train­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships for young peo­ple and that they will pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for Peter­bor­ough peo­ple.”

John Bridge, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce, said: “These jobs are per­ma­nent and are ex­actly what the city needs. So much in­vest­ment in Peter­bor­ough is a huge vote of con­fi­dence in the city.”

TOP gear: Harry Com­brink, El­iz­a­beth Com­brink, sup­port driver Phil Bee­ton, David Rowlett and Ben Carter who are ped­alling for Sue Ry­der. (METP-17-05-12DL505) Picture: DAVID LOWN­DES.

PLANS: A Range store.

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