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New jobs come to Workington as fashion store is due to open

A new fashion shop will open in Workington town centre next week, creating 10 jobs.

COMING SOON: Select Fashion will open in the town centre

Select Fashion will move into an empty unit in Ivison Lane on Thursday.

Its launch will come two weeks before clothing chain H&M is due to open the doors of its new store in Risman Place.

It will be the third shop that Select Fashion has had in Workington.

The company had a unit at Dunmail Park until 2008, and a previous store in Ivison Lane was taken over by Edinburgh Woollen Mill in 2004.

It will employ two full-time staff and eight part-time workers. It will take over a unit previously occupied by Paperbox and more recently Kiss Cards, which closed in August.

The national women’s fashion shop offers low-price popular fashion, with boots for less than £20 and jeans starting from £10.

H&M’s store, opposite Debenhams, will take up four empty units and has created 30 jobs.

Dave Fletcher, development manager for Washington Square, said: “We want Workington to become a retail hub for West Cumbria and with these two new fashion stores we have the potential to become the fashion capital of West Cumbria.

“This is a massive coup and will help us to attract more shoppers to the town.

“It will save them money in the long run because they will not have to travel to Carlisle.

“We have to try to attract the big retail chains.

“We’re nearly 98 per cent full on Washington Square which I’m delighted with. We only have two big units and one small unit to fill, although we have people interested in these so it’s only a matter of time.”

Martin O’Rourke, a director of Riddelltps Limited, managing agent for Washington Square, said: “We are delighted to welcome Select into our shopping precinct and look forward to further new tenants starting to trade.”

Another unit in Washington Square was filled this week when Warian Kapur opened Mobile Booth in the former Shake It Up premises, on Campbell-Savours Way.

Mr Fletcher said he was still trying to drum up interest for the former JJB Sport store on Steelmen Walk.

It closed in October after JJB Sport went into administration and 14 staff lost their jobs.

Have your say

The former JJB is far too small for Primark. Don't you think the owners would have tried to get Primark if there was the space? It would appear the public want Greggs mobile phone shops etc as otherwise they wouldn't be there. Shops respond to what customers want.

Posted by Anon on 16 November 2012 at 10:24

Primark is rubbish. At the end of the day there are lots of Greggs, phone shops eyc because that's what people in workington want to buy (or they would shut) - Debenhams in workington apparently makes more money than the one in Carlisle!

Posted by John on 15 November 2012 at 12:50

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