Retail chain creates 105 jobs with latest store opening as part of £2m investment

The new Edge Lane site
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Liverpool-based retail chain Home Bargains has invested approximately £2m in its new store in Liverpool, which will be officially opened this Saturday (September 18), creating 150 jobs.

In total, the store, on Montrose Retail Park, Edge Lane, will employ 111 team members, including some staff and management who will be transferring from local stores.

The new Edge Lane store will join more than 575 Home Bargains outlets across the UK, which welcome more than five million customers each week.

Opening approximately 50 stores a year, the business said it is bucking current trends in the industry.

Michael Jones, the new Montrose Retail Park, Edge Lane store manager, said: “I started my Home Bargains journey back in 2015 as a store supervisor in our Alban Retail Park site, but since then I’ve held a variety of roles at several of our stores – most recently as acting store manager at Prescot Road, Old Swan.

“However, opening our new Edge Lane store alongside such a fantastic team, who have worked exceptionally hard to get the new store ready, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of my career.”

The 20,828 sq ft store will offer shoppers a range of products, including homewares, health and beauty essentials, sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as fresh and frozen food. The new store will also come with its own bakery, serving a range of fresh bread, pastries and cakes that will be baked in-store daily.

Jones added: “Montrose Retail Park, Edge Lane will be a great location for us.”

The group will also be donating £2,000 to local charity, The Joseph Lappin Centre – a community-based hub in Old Swan that provides holistic services to strengthen the community and raise aspirations for people of all ages and abilities.

The centre opened in March 2012 as a result of the community’s desire to provide a safe haven to residents following the tragic murder of a local young man, Joseph Lappin.

Kate McCormick, manager at The Joseph Lappin Centre, said: “On behalf of everyone at The Joseph Lappin Centre a huge thank you to your staff for choosing to support us. We are absolutely delighted to receive this donation.

“We are a small community organisation trying to make a big difference with very limited funds; this money will help us to do that. We wish Home Bargains every success with the opening of its new store.”