Jobs boost from catalogue store

Argos Manager Chris Barker outside the new store on Blackpool Business Park, the former PC World premises

Argos Manager Chris Barker outside the new store on Blackpool Business Park, the former PC World premises

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ARGOS has created 45 new jobs with its second Blackpool store – and will take on an extra 30 seasonal staff in the run up to Christmas.

The catalogue chain will open in the former PC World site on the retail park on Squires Gate Lane on October 27.

Its sister-store in Albert Road, Blackpool, will remain open.

Manager Chris Barker – moving from the town centre site to the retail site – said: “As it stands we’ve created 45 new jobs with the new store.

“And we’ve done some recruitment through Blackpool and The Fylde College to help people out of work for a year back into work.

“We’re celebrating 30 years of trading so it’s nice to celebrate with a second store here. We’ve been trying to secure a second one in the town for years.”

The town centre store carries around 10,000 lines, and the new store will go slightly better, stocking the company’s full line of around 12,000 products.

Mr Barker, 35, who has been store manager in Blackpool for two years, added: “It gives Fylde coast shoppers another convenient offer and it will help create footfall for other stores on the retail park.”

Louise Whitehead will become the new manager at the Albert Road store.

Mr Barker added: “We’ll be taking on 30 people for Christmas in Blackpool and Cleveleys.

“A lot of the staff here started as Christmas staff – so there are a lot of opportunities for people here.”

Blackpool town centre manager Eileen Ormand said she was sad the chain had not opened another store in the centre of Blackpool, but was delighted the Albert Road store would remain.

She added: “I’d have been far happier if they’d found a second site in the town centre, especially when you look at Government initiatives and Mary Portas’ work to keep stores in town centres.

“But I’m really pleased they are staying in the town and maintaining their presence here.

And Howard Lewis of the Blackpool Business Leadership Group added: “It’s excellent news – we didn’t know it would involve that many jobs.

“And the fact they’ve helped people in the town get back into employment is yet more good news.”

PC World vacated its site on the retail park to move inside sister store Comet on the same estate.