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Up to 80 jobs as Quality Save agrees new flagship 22,000sq ft store in Walkden

Budget retailer Quality Save have agreed terms to open a new 22,000sq ft store at the Ellesmere Retail Park in Walkden.

At the planning stage the Salford-based food and homewares seller said up to 50 jobs would be available.

That’s now been bumped up to 80 positions, with management and supervisors taking eight jobs and the rest in sales assistants and shift work.

Quaity Save Director Paul Rudkin said: “We are delighted to be opening our flagship store in Walkden as this is where the business began over 40 years ago.

We will hopefully commence our shop fit in early November when the landlords have the unit ready for us.

“We are hoping to open early February 2017.”

Walkden Town Centre landlords The Derwent Group say the Salford-based food and homewares seller have taken a 15-year lease on Unit 3, the former home of the Club 3000 bingo hall.

It becomes the second Quality Save within 500 yards as the supermarket already has a smaller outlet on the Lower Ground floor of the Walkden Town Centre shopping complex.

Other occupiers in the same complex, gym chain Total Fitness and hair salon Hair Razors are expected to remain open.

Total Fitness - New Ellesmere Approach © NHS Protect

Total Fitness – New Ellesmere Approach © NHS Protect

As reported on SalfordOnline.com back in June, Quality Save were looking to expand their operations in Walkden and aimed at offering up to 50 new retail jobs.

Read: GHM family store open 10,000sq ft in Walkden

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 22 stores across the North West and employ over 500 staff.

James Maule-Ffinch, Senior Asset Manager at The Derwent Group said: “Quality Save is the latest retailer to join our diverse tenant mix at Walkden.

“The retail park forms an important part of Walkden Town Centre, and so we are proactively seeking out new opportunities to extend the already strong retail and leisure offer available at Walkden.”

Joint agents for Walkden Retail Park are CSP and Petch & Co.

The scheme totals 160,000 sq ft with 47,000 sq ft (4,366 sq m) of retail park units currently available and 10,620 sq ft currently under offer or in legal negotiations.

Quality Save say recruitment for the jobs available will begin next month.

Anyone interested in management positions can send CVs via the Quality Save website.

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