Dis­count re­tailer launches lat­est branch in town

Leek Post & Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Laura James news­[email protected]­p­o­stand­

POPULAR dis­count re­tailer The Works has opened in a North Stafford­shire town – cre­at­ing six new jobs.

The chain has launched the new branch in­side the for­mer New Look unit, in Derby Street, Leek – just a month af­ter the high street gi­ant moved out of the town.

And shop­pers were keen to grab a Black Fri­day bar­gain at the week­end.

Shop man­ager Nigel Tay­lor said: “As a com­pany, we are al­ways look­ing to open new stores. I be­lieve we have opened around 50 new branches just this year – we’re av­er­ag­ing around one a week.

“We de­cided to move into Leek be­cause it is a town with a good mix of shops and we can bring some­thing new.

“We used to be known as a dis­count book sup­plier, but to­day our most popular prod­ucts seem to be from the chil­dren’s sec­tion.

“We do a great deal on games but we are also very good at keep­ing up with trend­ing toys such as squishies.”

The Works sells a wide range of books, sta­tionery and art and crafts prod­ucts as well as chil­dren’s toys and games.

Nigel, who has re­lo­cated from The Works’ Mac­cles­field branch to over­see the open­ing of the new Leek store, added: “When I worked in Mac­cles­field we had a lot of visi­tors from Leek who would ask us when we were go­ing to open in Leek and I know that staff at the Han­ley store get asked the same ques­tion, so we are re­ally ex­cited to be able to fi­nally open in the town.

“The feed­back we have had from shop­pers has been su­perb.”

The Works’ open­ing comes six weeks af­ter the re­tailer dou­bled the size of its branch at Affin­ity Stafford­shire, be­lieved to be one of the most popular stores at the cen­tre.

Hus­band-and-wife Eric and Lor­raine Bur­rows, who live in Leek, were among the hun­dreds of shop­pers to visit The Works on Satur­day.

Sixty-nine-year-old Lor­raine said: “I heard that Holland and Bar­rett was open­ing up so I was re­ally pleased when I found out it was The Works, I think it will be popular.”

Eric, aged 72, added: “We al­ways go to The Works wher­ever we are, we usu­ally visit the one in Bux­ton. The prices are re­ally rea­son­able and you can get some re­ally good deals – like buy one get one free.”

The Works in Leek is open ev­ery day – be­tween 9am and 5.30am from Mon­day to Satur­day and be­tween 10am and 4pm on Sun­day.

Bag a bar­gain: Man­ager Nigel Tay­lor and deputy Zoe Gayes at The Works in Leek.

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