Store opening will provide 40 jobs for local people

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WATERLOOVILLE is set to benefit from a £500,000 investment when a new store opens on Saturday.

Home Bargains is opening its first outlet in Hampshire on the Wellington Retail Park, off Hambledon Road, in the space which used to be occupied by Focus before the chain went bust.

The new store opening will also provide jobs for up to 40 local people.

It will join more than 300 Home Bargains shops across the UK.

With plans to open another 50 stores throughout the country over the next 12 months, the discount retailer is bucking current trends in the industry.

Joe Morris, operations director at Home Bargains, said: ‘We’re excited to be opening our first Hampshire store in Waterlooville and look forward to welcoming customers through the doors.’

The 10,000 sq ft store will give shoppers the chance to get their hands on the latest bargains, including a selection of homewares.

Home Bargains describes itself as ‘top brand, bottom price’, and also stocks a range of other goods, including health and beauty, household, sweets and snacks, home style and drinks.

Joe added: ‘Wellington Retail Park will be a great location for us. We’re thrilled to be in a position to offer local people top branded goods at exceptionally low prices.’

Havant’s mayor and mayoress, Gerald and Elaine Shimbart, will cut a ribbon to officially open the store to shoppers at 8.30am on Saturday.

The retail park is still hoping to cash in on a boost by Sainsbury’s.

Work is being completed on clearing the old Caetano coach building factory and Sprint Print, which both used to be on the Aston Road Industrial Estate site next door, to make way for a giant superstore to be built.

And the materials recycling facility which used to operate in Aston Road has been moved further down Hambledon Road in order to make way for the development.

Once completed, the store and its associated petrol station will create 350 new jobs for those living in and around the town.