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More Crawley jobs at risk at seven local hotels as Premier Inn owner to cut 6,000 jobs

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Crawley and Gatwick have seven Premier Inns, one of the highest number in such a small area anywhere in the country.

Now jobs at each of these sites is at a potential risk as Premier Inn owner Whitbread announced that plans that up to 6,000 jobs could be cut as they try to survive through the Coronavirus.

Whitbread said that it was in consultation with staff and was hopeful that a majority of the cuts would come from voluntary redundancy.

It added that they had taken the decision due to ‘subdued demand’ with some reports suggesting the company had lost three quarters (80%) of its sales in just the first half of the year when they were forced to close.

Whitbread also owns Brewers Fayre which has locations next to many of the Hotels, but it is not clear how many jobs may be at risk proportionally between the two brands.

With so many of their hotels in and around Crawley it is likely that many more jobs will be lost locally leading to more pressure on the local council to help those in financial need.

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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