New jobs as store arrives

An artist's impression of how the store may look, and below, how the site currently looks
An artist's impression of how the store may look, and below, how the site currently looks
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SCARBOROUGH is getting a jobs boost as another national company announces more investment in the town.

Poundstretcher, which has almost 400 stores nationwide, will follow in the footsteps of Next at Home, Brantano shoes, Greggs the Bakers, and Brighthouse, which all brought their businesses to Scarborough last year.

Scenesetter'The former Factory Fabric Shop which is set to become a Poundstretcher store.'Picture by Neil Silk 115229'30/12/11

Scenesetter'The former Factory Fabric Shop which is set to become a Poundstretcher store.'Picture by Neil Silk 115229'30/12/11

Two managerial appointments have already been made with a further 13 jobs to be created as a result of the move.

The discount giant will be moving to a two-storey 9,860sq ft unit in Westwood. The property, behind Comet, has been empty since former occupant Factory Fabric Centre closed in February 2008.

Martin Collinson, spokesman for Poundstretcher, said it is hoped the store will open next month.

He said: “We are an expansive company opening a lot of new stores throughout the country as there are certain towns where we are under represented.

“Scarborough was very attractive to us, and we are looking forward to opening in the town.

“It is a very substantial investment in a market where we have not been represented.

“There is some work to be done in terms of the unit, and we are aiming to open towards the end of February, however that is prone to change.”

Concerns have been raised about another “discount store”. Scarborough already has a Poundland, Pound World, and Price Pounder.

Nick Taylor, investment manager at Scarborough Council, said: “We welcome them in some respect but it’s not the real sort of shop we want to see coming in to Scarborough. A discount store isn’t really a new development for the town.

“We want more individual, small, interesting and unique shops that will add character. However it is a popular shop, and will be creating new jobs.

“It is good to see an investment in the town.”

Poundstretcher, which sells a range of household and electrical items at discounted prices, has opened 50 stores in the last 18 months.