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Eighty jobs to be created as The Range confirms it is opening new superstore in Crawley

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The Range in East Kilbride

The Range has confirmed it is to open a new superstore at the site of the former Homebase on Crawley Avenue.

Opening on Good Friday, 10th April at 9am, the store will create eighty full and part-time jobs.

There had been much speculation about who would take over the old Homebase site.

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The news will be a welcome boost to the local economy and shows confident investment in the town.

The Crawley branch will be one of the company’s first to open in 2020 and will provide products across 16 departments from DIY to Arts & Crafts and Lighting to Furniture.

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It will also have an Iceland cafe serving a wide selection of hot & cold food and drink, a large Outdoor Garden Centre and the complete Iceland Foods offering.

Chris Dawson, the Plymouth-based owner and founder commented on the upcoming opening:

“Opening a new store is always an exciting moment for the company and the Crawley store is no exception. We’re excited that our customers will be able to enjoy their new store just in time for Easter”.

Mr Dawson added:

“It is great to be turning the former Homebase into another national retailer and we look forward to welcoming new customers to their local store”

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Nervous time for Crawley & Gatwick Pret A Manger shops as chain announces closure of 30 shops and at least 1,000 job losses

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Pret A Manger is to close 30 of its shops as it struggles to cope with the problems caused by COVID-19.

According to the food chain they had faced ‘significant operating losses’ during lockdown.

The closure puts around 1,000 jobs at risk and the chain has said it will make these closures before the end of this year whilst also reducing staff in its other locations.

Crawley has one Pret A Manager within The Martletts with several others located within Gatwick Airport itself.

It is not yet clear which shops will close but with jobs cuts to come across its shops it will be a very nervous time for Crawley’s shop staff to see if they are affected in any way.

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