Next plans a new Workington shop
Last updated at 13:42, Friday, 25 October 2013
Fashion chain Next will open a new store in Workington next month.
It is expanding its home furnishing department and will take over part of the empty JJB Sports unit on Steelman’s Walk in the Washington Square development.
Its two-storey shop on Risman Place currently has a small homeware department.
The shop will remain open and concentrate on its clothing and accessory ranges for men, women and children.
A Next spokesman said: “Next is delighted to be expanding the current store in Workington.
“This growth shows our commitment to the area and gives our customers more exciting product ranges we hope they can enjoy, especially for the home.”
The company hasn’t revealed how many new jobs will be created by the expansion or how much the refurbishment of the former JJB store will cost.
The spokesman said it would be taking a section of the empty unit, but could not confirm how much.
It is hoped that more jobs will be created, but the spokesman said he did not know how many.
Next sells almost everything for the home in its furnishings department, including rugs, curtains, tiles, wallpaper, lights, cushions and furniture.
It is expected that most of the range will be available in Workington.
Workington’s JJB Sports shop closed in October of last year with the loss of 14 jobs when the firm went into administration.
Meanwhile, six new jobs have been created at the town’s Costa Coffee, on Steelman’s Walk.
The coffee shop has been extended to include 30 new seats.
Its store room has been knocked down to create the new seating area, which includes a breakfast bar complete with sockets for laptops.
The work started two weeks ago and was completed on Saturday.
The six new jobs – a mixture of full and part-time roles – takes the total number of staff there to 18.
Donna Preston, store manager, said: “It’s lovely and people really like it. It’s great for businesspeople who want to hold meetings or work on their laptops.”
First published at 13:32, Friday, 25 October 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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Judging from the excitement this seems to have created, I'm assuming that most people who live in Cumbria never set foot outside of the County.The idea that a Next store is going to land you all in the 21st Century is misguided, you're all still at least 25 years behind the rest of the UK. Seriously, I've been to 3rd world countries that are further ahead in development than Cumbria.But since you're all going to exist within a 5 mile radius of where you were born then I suppose it hardly matters.
great news but it will probably cost me money as everything will "need" changing in our living room now!!!!!
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