New town store creates 40 jobs

About 40 jobs were created today as a discount high street chain opened its doors to the public in Shrewsbury at the site of the towns former Woolworths store.

Staff at Home Bargains in Shrewsbury, which has opened today. From front is Kirstie Lane (CORR) with Sue O'Sullivan and back left to right are David Bowring, assistant manager and John Brooks, store manager.
Staff at Home Bargains in Shrewsbury. At the front is Kirstie Lane, with Sue O'Sullivan and David Bowring, assistant manager, and John Brooks, store manager.

About 40 jobs were created today as a discount high street chain opened its doors to the public in Shrewsbury at the site of the towns former Woolworths store.

Home Bargains said its new £500,000 shop is to be sited in the same building in the Darwin shopping centre as fashion retailer H&M.

TJ Morris, which operates as Home Bargains, has acquired 25 former Woolworths outlets, including one in Oswestry, from the administrator and most are already open for trading.

Bosses at the chain say they are bucking the recession and plan to purchase further stores directly from the landlords.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: "Home Bargains is excited to be opening this new store in Shrewsbury, building on the success of our existing Telford store, and bringing with it 40 top quality jobs.

"We're thrilled to be in a position to offer local people top branded goods at exceptionally low prices."

TJ Morris was established over 30 years ago by Tom Morris. Since opening his first store in Liverpool, the business has grown to become one of the biggest privately-owned companies in the UK.

Fashion chain H&M opened the doors of its new flagship store in Shrewsbury, last month. The opening was hailed as a welcome boost for the county town and its retail sector.

The latest branch of one of the most popular names on the High Street promised a series of special offers to those first customers through the door on November 19.

Woolworths closed down last December after the company went into liquidation with hundreds of people losing their jobs.