AN EMPTY town-centre shop will be given a new lease of life when it reopens this weekend, creating 13 new jobs.
BrightHouse, which specialises in the sale of home electronics, domestic appliances and household furniture, will replace the former Currys Digital store in Westborough, which has been vacant since September last year.
The 2,100ft store will have its Grand Opening on Saturday.
To mark the occasion, BrightHouse will be hosting a family fun day from 10am until 5pm to welcome the first customers and their families to the new store.
Children will be able to have their face painted and enjoy creations from the balloon modellers. Billy and Lilly, the BrightHouse bears, will be on hand to entertain, and DJ Richie Jones, who DJ’s for Jools Holland, will be there to MC. There will also be a number of opening offers on some of the leading brands.
Store manager Suzie Gibson said: “We are very excited about joining the community in Scarborough.
“We like to keep on first name terms with customers so they feel comfortable with our service. Pop in and say hello and we’ll be sure to remember your name next time you come in. That’s what makes us different.”
Watford based BrightHouse is one of the UK’s largest rent-to-own companies providing branded household goods to customers on weekly payments at more than 220 retail stores nationwide.
BrightHouse will be the third national name to occupy the store in three years.
The shop was home to Dixons before Currys Digital took over, however in August last year Currys announced they would be closing the Westborough branch and moving staff and services to the Currys and PC World superstore off Seamer Road.
The shop has been empty since, until workmen started on the site in January to prepare it for the arrival of BrightHouse.
No jobs were lost as a result of the closure, with existing staff being transferred to the new site.
A spokeswoman for Currys Digital told the Evening News the closure was a part of an ongoing review of its high street store portfolio.