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Thursday, 28 May 2015

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New Workington bargain store creates 30 jobs

Thirty jobs will be created when discount chain Poundstretcher opens a new Workington store.

The company, which already has a shop in Finkle Street, is taking over the former premises of Focus DIY on the corner of Annie Pit Lane.

It hopes to open the new branch by the middle of next month.

The Clay Flatts site was left vacant when Focus DIY went into administration in June.

Poundstretcher said its existing store in Workington town centre would be unaffected.

Operating under the strapline “every penny counts”, the discount retailer stocks household goods including small domestic appliances, furniture, bedding, kitchenware and gardening items.

It also sells tools, toys, gifts, toiletries and food.

The new jobs include management roles and posts for full and part-time sales assistants.

Poundstretcher has more than 350 stores nationwide, including branches in Carlisle, Barrow and Kendal.

Coun Mark Fryer, of Allerdale council, said: “Thirty jobs is a boost. People need the work.”

Workington has a number of bargain stores in its revamped Washington Square town centre, including Home Bargains, the X Catalogue Store and Poundland. Weekly payment store Brighthouse also has a branch in the town centre.

Dave Fletcher, the man responsible for filling empty shop units in Workington town centre, last year pledged that there would be no more bargain shops.

Some traders were concerned that the £35 million town centre development was becoming a “bargain alley” instead of competing with Carlisle as a regional shopping destination.

Mr Fletcher said then: “There are enough bargain stores. There will be no more.”

l Meanwhile, carpet and furniture firm Michael Cunningham Ltd, in Oxford Street, has closed. Its owners were unavailable to comment this week.

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What workington needs is a primark, if this was to come it would make big money and bring big trade to the west coast and change the west coast big style

Posted by Mark on 2 October 2011 at 22:15

as anyone ever thought that its a airport needed here,or ferry port.i know another pound stretcher is good but im sure i would rather spend my money jetting away.

Posted by doz on 29 September 2011 at 17:10

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