Jobs boost as homeware store launches in Leeds

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HomeSense Leeds opens in March

Homeware for less retailer, HomeSense part of the TJX Europe group will open its newest store in Leeds creating more jobs next month. Situated on Leeds Headrow the brand-new, high street store will open its doors on Thursday 2 March on the former site of Clas Ohlson which moved out of the city centre in October last year.

Since launching in 2008 the company has gradually been expanding its property portfolio and the Leeds branch at unit three Broad Gate will provide over 31,551 sq. ft of branded homeware items and will complement its other store which is based outside of the city at Birstall retail park.

A spokesperson for HomeSense said: “We are delighted to be opening our second store in Leeds, which will be our 45th in the UK and to be creating 60 new jobs within the local community is fantastic news. Our Birstall Retail Park store has rapidly developed a loyal following amongst Savvy shoppers who enjoy seeking out a bargain for their homes, and we hope the people of Leeds will enjoy the convenience of shopping at our new store in the city centre.

We are really excited to be bringing Leeds a second helping of our unique homeware Concept. Shoppers will be able to pop into the store for a browse and discover some stylish pieces for their home at a fantastic price.”

With savings of up to 60% off branded quality homeware and gifts the new store will be the first high street store launched by the company, with everything you could think of from kitchen and gourmet cookware, furniture, lighting, decorative items and much more.

Interestingly TJX Europe also own the high-street retailer TK Maxx and the site in Broadgate offers some of the largest office space available within central Leeds and the new store is just a few doors away from its Associate based in the same building.

Originally Broadgate was built as a Lewis’s Department Store and opened in 1932. Over the years, it has been divided into sections and more recently refurbished back in 2009. The building is now home to stores such as TK Maxx, Argos and the YBS Group, and it won’t be long before shoppers get the opportunity to experience the new store when it opens.

A Special ‘Curiosity Cabinet’ will also be in the new store for a limited period, giving shoppers who spend over £30 or have been lucky enough to get their hands on a HomeSense key, the chance to win a prize of their choice, which will be hidden behind a mystery door. Free delivery will also be offered to all customers during the opening weekend and between the 8th and 9th of April.

The good news comes on the back of recent store closures in the city centre last year for Next Clearance, BHS and Clas Ohlson, with Leeds seeing a significant increase in development across the retail sector out of town, with plans for a new £15m retail park being built on a disused brownfield site in Middleton, the retail sector appears to be looking quite healthy, however, political and economic uncertainty could dampen investment in the coming years warned the latest Deloitte crane survey.

The secret behind the stores success lies in the lightning quick turnover. Unlike most retailers, who buy stock for just one season, HomeSense offers shoppers a unique product at an irresistible price by providing an eclectic and ever-changing mix of branded homeware.

One thing is for sure, if you love what TK Maxx does for fashion, you’ll adore this store with items at an exceptional quality and at an amazing price.

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