Thirty jobs coming to March as Boyes prepare to move into empty Westgate store

THIRTY jobs will be created in March after discount department firm Boyes agreed a 10-year lease to move into the town’s vacant Westgate store.

Boyes hopes to open its doors to the public before the end of November after signing a deal with Anglia Co-operative to move into the empty Station Road premises.

The firm is currently looking to fill a host of full and part-time positions, including that of a permanent sales assistant and cleaner.

Andrew Boyes, the company’s chairman and joint managing director, said: “We’ve been looking at sites because we want to expand and March comes just within our distribution area so it’s ideal.

“The building was offered to us, we did our homework, and even though it’s an unusual shape for a retail store it’s in a great location.

“At the moment we’re tidying the shop floor and doing some refurbishment work but we’re looking forward to opening the shop and bringing a new business - and jobs - to March.

“I think Boyes will offer shoppers something new and attractive while bringing plenty of different products to the town.”

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The Westgate store closed in August after more than 30 years of trading in the town. Twenty-five jobs were lost as a result.

Anglia Co-operative said it had taken the decision to close because the shop was “no longer economically viable” to run in the town.

However, that view hasn’t deterred Boyes from opening its first store in Cambridgeshire.

The 130-year-old Scarborough-based company - which sells a range of more than 30,000 different products - already operates 40 stores across the country.