Travel agents set up shop at cen­tre

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

ANEW branch of an ex­pand­ing in­de­pen­dent travel agency is set to open in Run­corn cre­at­ing six new jobs.

Bosses at Hays Travel North West have con­firmed they have signed a lease for a new store in Shop­ping City.

Work is about to start on a £70,000 trans­for­ma­tion of the new branch, which will in­clude a bu­reau de change, which will be ready for open­ing time by the end of the year.

It is part of a ma­jor ex­pan­sion scheme launched at the end of last year by the travel firm which has 30 branches across the North West and North Wales, with a fur­ther five pre­dicted to be open be­fore the end of 2018.

The new Hays Travel open­ings are col­lec­tively cre­at­ing around 60 new jobs.

Lind­sey Bar­ber, re­tail sales direc­tor for Hays Travel North West, said: “We are re­ally pleased to be open­ing our doors in Run­corn which has such a strong and vi­brant com­mu­nity and fits our busi­ness per­fectly.

“We will now trans­form the new unit with a mod­ern, high-spec makeover which we have across all of our stores so our cus­tomers feel wel­comed and com­fort­able when they come to book their hol­i­days with us.

“As an in­de­pen­dent travel agency, we can of­fer hol­i­days from a huge range of dif­fer­ent provid- ers and tour op­er­a­tors and work with cus­tomers to find the ex­act hol­i­day which fits their bud­get.

“Hol­i­days are re­ally im­por­tant for peo­ple and their fam­i­lies and we will be striv­ing to pro­vide the high­est pos­si­ble cus­tomer ser­vice we can at the new Run­corn store.”

Shop­ping City is home to al­most 60 stores and in­cludes big name high street brands such as Wilko, Ice­land, Boots and Greggs as well as smaller in­de­pen­dents.

Karl Claw­ley, cen­tre man­ager, said: “We are re­ally pleased to wel­come ● Hays Travel to the Shop­ping City and know it will be a great ad­di­tion to our travel of­fer.”

Hays Travel North West is the main part­ner of the hugely suc­cess­ful Hays Travel, based in Sun­der­land, which has just an­nounced a turnover of more than £1bn and is said to be the UK’s largest in­de­pen­dent travel agency.

Hays Travel North West has a turnover of more than £70m.

Lind­sey added: “Hays Travel, which is ATOLpro­tected, is a well-recog­nised, solid and re­spected brand. Through Hays Travel we are able to of­fer a bril­liant choice of hol­i­days and we are not aligned to any par­tic­u­lar tour op­er­a­tor so we can sell a wide range of hol­i­days which fit the cus­tomer’s re­quire­ments.

“There is ab­so­lutely no pres­sure on our staff to sell a par­tic­u­lar type of hol­i­day so our cus­tomers come in and re­ceive im­par­tial ad­vice with­out a par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on one tour op­er­a­tor.

“I think this is one of the main rea­sons peo­ple choose our branches to book their hol­i­days.”

Lind­sey Bar­ber, re­tail direc­tor of Hays Travel North West (Pic: Stacey Oliver)

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