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Quality Save aim for 50 new jobs with Walkden double takeover

Salford discount food and drink retailer Quality Save is set to take over a former bingo hall at Walkden’s Ellesmere Centre creating up to 50 jobs.

Landlords Derwent Estates are applying for a change of use to turn the former Club 3000 bingo hall on the New Ellesmere Approach into a branch of the budget supermarket.

Club 3000 Bingo moved its 24,000sq ft operation to the shopping centre’s main building in 2015.

The plot is surrounded by housing, on Dagmar Street, Kingsley Road and Brackley Road.

It would be the second Quality Save within 500 yards, as the business already has a smaller outlet on the Lower Ground floor of the large shopping centre.

Total Fitness - New Ellesmere Approach © NHS Protect

Total Fitness – New Ellesmere Approach © NHS Protect

This branch is expected to remain open when the larger unit moves in.

Quality Save is a local brand which has its head offices in Swinton.

The chain was started in 1974 by businessman Bob Rudkin, who began with an indoor market stall in Walkden and a single shop unit in Farnworth.

Quality Save have expanded to 22 stores across the North West and employ over 500 staff.

Derwent were at one point in discussions with a cinema operator but the deal fell through, and Quality Save will now take ownership of the ‘anchor unit’.

A hairdressing salon, Hair Razors, and budget gym chain Total Fitness, now occupy part of the building and both businesses are expected to remain in place.

Salford City Council are considering the change of use application.

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