Retailer invests £1m in new store, creating 65 jobs

Home Bargains Leyland

Liverpool family-run retailer Home Bargains has invested £1m in its new store in Leyland which will officially open this Saturday (October 2), creating 65 jobs.

In total, the Towngate store will employ 68 team members, including some staff and management who will be transferring from local stores.

The new Leyland store will join more than 575 Home Bargains outlets across the UK. Opening approximately 50 stores a year, the chain is bucking current trends in the industry.

Jordan Gillman, the new Leyland store manager, said: “I joined the Home Bargains team as a store manager almost two years ago after a successful career with Quality Save. Having already opened a new store in the last six months, I am excited to have the opportunity to do it again in Leyland and help the area grow.

“Opening the new store on Towngate alongside such a fantastic team, who have worked exceptionally hard to get the new store ready, will be an unforgettable career moment for me.”

The 11,485 sq ft store, which formerly housed Aldi, will offer shoppers a range of products, including homewares, health and beauty essentials, sweets, snacks and drinks, as well as fresh and frozen food.

Jordan added: “Towngate will be a great location for us.”

Home Bargains, which boasts more than five million customers a week, will donate £2,000 to local charity, St Catherine’s Hospice, which provides highly specialised palliative and end-of-life care for the people of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble. The charity aims to provide support to help people live well with comfort, independence and choice – either at home or in the hospice.

Emma Jacovelli, head of community engagement at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “I’d like to say a very special ‘thank you’ to all the staff at Home Bargains for choosing to support St Catherine’s. This generous donation will make a meaningful difference as we help local people affected by illnesses – such as cancer and motor neurone disease – to have quality of life, to the end of life.”