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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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Over £2m given to Crawley Council for discretionary business grants

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Eligible Crawley businesses can now apply for discretionary business grants.

The government has given the council £2,248,180 in Additional Restrictions Grant, which is given to businesses that have been affected by the lockdown but are not legally required to close.

This funding lasts until March 2022 and is based on £20 per person in Crawley rather than the number of businesses in the town.

Eligible businesses are those who:

  • Are not entitled to Local Restriction Support Grants, and
  • Were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed (Wednesday 4 November), and
  • Are now required to close under national restrictions or, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions.

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant can now be made at grantapproval.co.uk

There are different types of grants based on the rateable value of property/property costs or business type.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

There is further guidance and a copy of the West Sussex countywide policy on the council’s website. The scheme will close on Sunday 13 December and the aim is to make payments as soon as possible after that.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“While we haven’t been allocated enough funding to help every local business, we will do everything we can to support as many Crawley businesses as possible.

“If you need support please get in touch via the council’s dedicated webpage.”

Applications for the Local Restriction Support Grant opened on 17 November. Businesses forced to close by the second lockdown can apply for this grant at grantapproval.co.uk For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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