A major expansion at a Blackpool store has seen 10 new jobs created for local retail workers.
A grand official opening is to take place at the Dunelm store at Squires Gate on Thursday following its expansion.
The homewares giant took the chance to move into part of the former Comet store next door after the electricals company went out of business last year.
It is now a 32,000 sq ft, superstore which also introduces a new coffee shop to Squires Gate retail park.
The expanded Dunelm will be opened by the company’s marketing director, Carole Brown, originally from Blackpool, who was very pleased that the company was able to offer further employment in Blackpool.
Carole said: “We have extended the Blackpool store in order to offer our customers an even bigger and better range.
“It is an exciting opportunity for Dunelm and allows us to introduce new and existing customers to many more of our products and trends.
“I’m delighted to be cutting the ribbon to our extended store in my home town.”
As well as the extended range of products to browse, Dunelm will have lots going on for the kids on opening day, including face painting and a colouring competition.
Also on hand will be Barney Bear – the official mascot for Barnardo’s, Dunelm’s chosen charity.
The Dunelm extension, which takes the place of the Comet store which closed over a year ago, will provide a dedicated Dorma bedding department, new furniture ranges and a Pausa coffee shop.
Chief Executive, Nick Wharton said: “It has taken a lot of hard work, investment and commitment to extend the Blackpool store and it is a very exciting development for us.
“We are confident that Blackpool will continue to play a big part in the growing success of the company and look forward to providing local shoppers with an even more diverse homewares offering.”
Dunelm was founded by Bill and Jean Adderley in 1979, selling ready-made curtains on a market stall in Leicester.
Fast forward some 34 years and the business has rapidly developed with a nationwide chain of 145 stores with many more planned throughout the year.
The family is now worth £1.2bn – up from £1.1bn 12 months ago – according to the Sunday Times Rich List.