New business opens at ex-Woolies store

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Rebecca Cole

BUSINESS could soon be booming again as Wrexham's former Woolworths store opens for business tomorrow as Discount UK.

The shop has been empty since it closed in January, 2009 with the loss of 80 jobs but Discount UK is set to breathe new life into the prominent building.

The company, which began trading in October, 2010, is filling the ground floor of the Regent Street store, making it the company’s ninth in the UK but the first in Wales, and will sell everything from household goods to groceries ranging in price from 29p to £25.

The move has created 40 jobs and marketing director Martyn Birks said: “We see ourselves as the new Woolworths so it’s great to be moving into a former store as we feel we’re bringing it back to life.

“We’re really excited about coming to Wrexham and are confident we will increase footfall in the town centre and therefore benefit the whole area.”

Isobel Watson, town centre manager, has also confirmed a temporary lease has been agreed for the former Boots store which has been empty since August, 2009.

The new tenants, rumoured to be a furniture store called Visionary Designs, were due to pick up the keys yesterday.

Kevin Critchley, centre manager for Eagles Meadow, added to the good news by announcing he hopes to have filled all but one of the remaining empty plots at the retail park by mid-November.

He said: “It can be hard to find retailers able to take on the plots at the centre because they are just shells and cost a heck of a lot of money to fit out.

“But we’ve had three shop fitting companies looking at three different plots in the last week alone and two more interested in the Susu’s unit.”

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