Popular store to open new Blackpool branch

Argos building on Market Street, Chorley, which is to be auctioned off for between �1.2m to �1.5m
Argos building on Market Street, Chorley, which is to be auctioned off for between �1.2m to �1.5m
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CATALOGUE chain Argos is bidding to open a second store in Blackpool in a move which would create 40 new jobs.

The company wants to take over the unit currently occupied by PC World on Blackpool Retail Park.

PC World would then move into the Currys store on the Squires Gate Lane park, as they are part of the same firm.

It is the second time Argos, which already has a store on Albert Road in Blackpool town centre, has tried to launch an out-of-town store in the resort.

In 2002, Fylde Council, which has jurisdiction over part of Blackpool Retail Park, granted planning permission but the move never went ahead.

Blackpool Council objected because it wanted to protect town centre trade.

The latest application is for a unit within Blackpool’s boundaries. Argos is asking for a variation of conditions to allow the sale of fashion goods.

A planning brief accompanying the application says: “Argos has requirement for a second store in Blackpool.”

It adds the Albert Road store cannot meet demands of the catchment area.

The company says it is committed to keeping its town centre store, which has just undergone a £100,000 refit, and has a lease on the building until March 2016.

The report says 40 new jobs would be created if the out-of-town investment goes ahead with managers, a retail team, delivery workers and cleaners needing to be recruited.