AS many as 40 jobs will be created in the new year at a new store in Burnley.
The £500,000 development for the Home Bargains chain is at Duke Bar, at the far end of the car park next to the Lidl supermarket.
Construction work on the steel superstructure is well under way. Company bosses hope to be up and running by the spring, but, as yet, cannot give a firm opening date.
Three full-time managerial jobs are currently being advertised: a store manager paying £23,267, an assistant manager at £18,034 and a store supervisor at £16,692.
Home Bargains, which is run by TJ Morris Ltd, is one of the UK’s fastest growing discount retailers. It has more than 260 stores nationwide and plans to double the number of its outlets in the next five years. It has a well-established shop in Burnley town centre.
The firm was started in Liverpool 30 years ago by Tom Morris and is now, as the third largest independent grocer in the country, one of the biggest privately owned companies in the UK. Its turnover in 2010 was up 23% at £590m., producing a profit of £48.5m.
The site in Colne Road was chosen because it matched the company’s criteria. It only develops where there are potentially 30,000 shoppers and where the ground area for the store is between 10,000 and 20,000 sq. ft.
It also specifies it has to have enough room to be able to accommodate its 40ft. articulated delivery lorries, and for local council planners to grant A1 consent, so that it can sell non-perishable food alongside its household goods.