New Range store to boost jobs in Southend

The Royals Shopping Centre manager Dawn Jeakings welcomes the application

The Royals Shopping Centre manager Dawn Jeakings welcomes the application

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A HOME, leisure and garden store is being planned for the former B&Q site in Southend.

The boss of the Range, which sells furniture, furnishings, home ware and garden products, is keen to create another superstore on the derelict area in Short Street.

Politicians and business leaders have welcomed the application, and the 100-plus jobs it would bring, after Tesco scrapped its plans for a £50million superstore there.

Founder Chris Dawson said: “Southend is the perfect location for us as a company.

“We are very much looking forward to the new store opening and it will be great to show our Southend customers the great quality and value products we offer.”

Dawn Jeakings, manager of the Royals Shopping Centre, said: “It’s very good news and we are looking forward to having another addition to the town.

“It will increase footfall, too.

"I’m the other end of the High Street, but if it increases footfall by five to ten per cent it’s a good thing.”

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4:38pm Wed 14 Aug 13

emcee says...

At least its not a supermarket.
At least its not a supermarket. emcee
  • Score: 7

5:13pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Howard Chase says...

emcee wrote:
At least its not a supermarket.
yet.....
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: At least its not a supermarket.[/p][/quote]yet..... Howard Chase
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Wed 14 Aug 13

jayman says...

100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs. jayman
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Wed 14 Aug 13

charwen says...

they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it
they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it charwen
  • Score: 3

6:35pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
I would hazard a guess that it is more jobs than you have created!

Surely even you have to admit that 100 jobs fifty of which might be part time is far far better than what is there now.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]I would hazard a guess that it is more jobs than you have created! Surely even you have to admit that 100 jobs fifty of which might be part time is far far better than what is there now. Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 3

7:17pm Wed 14 Aug 13

els.91 says...

Does anyone know what the store is called?
wondering if they are allowing job applications already..:)
Does anyone know what the store is called? wondering if they are allowing job applications already..:) els.91
  • Score: 10

7:46pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

The Range
The Range Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 1

8:38pm Wed 14 Aug 13

My_opinion_is says...

charwen wrote:
they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it
No need to go that far, try Lakeside(Thurrock) with its free parking and not that far down the A13, and its open till 8.30pm 6 days and 5pm Sundays.
[quote][p][bold]charwen[/bold] wrote: they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it[/p][/quote]No need to go that far, try Lakeside(Thurrock) with its free parking and not that far down the A13, and its open till 8.30pm 6 days and 5pm Sundays. My_opinion_is
  • Score: 2

10:10pm Wed 14 Aug 13

emcee says...

jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all. emcee
  • Score: 4

11:03pm Wed 14 Aug 13

jayman says...

emcee wrote:
jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.
agreed. I'm just a little suspicious of job creation figures. I'm especially suspicious of the unemployment figures released by central government.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.[/p][/quote]agreed. I'm just a little suspicious of job creation figures. I'm especially suspicious of the unemployment figures released by central government. jayman
  • Score: 3

11:05pm Wed 14 Aug 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

emcee wrote:
jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.
Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world!
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.[/p][/quote]Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world! Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 1

11:39pm Wed 14 Aug 13

jayman says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
emcee wrote:
jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.
Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world!
No Joe. I simply ignored your comment.
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.[/p][/quote]Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world![/p][/quote]No Joe. I simply ignored your comment. jayman
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11:59pm Wed 14 Aug 13

jayman says...

My_opinion_is wrote:
charwen wrote:
they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it
No need to go that far, try Lakeside(Thurrock) with its free parking and not that far down the A13, and its open till 8.30pm 6 days and 5pm Sundays.
that's a valid point. parking charges are astronomically high. Dont take my word for it. southend has been ranked 40th for parking in RAC survey. http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-23534998
[quote][p][bold]My_opinion_is[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charwen[/bold] wrote: they have one in cornwall its a lovely store looking forward to it[/p][/quote]No need to go that far, try Lakeside(Thurrock) with its free parking and not that far down the A13, and its open till 8.30pm 6 days and 5pm Sundays.[/p][/quote]that's a valid point. parking charges are astronomically high. Dont take my word for it. southend has been ranked 40th for parking in RAC survey. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-23534998 jayman
  • Score: -1

11:12am Thu 15 Aug 13

Alfiee says...

Great news my Friend took me to one in Hertfordshire was a great store. Exciting.
Great news my Friend took me to one in Hertfordshire was a great store. Exciting. Alfiee
  • Score: 0

2:38pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

jayman wrote:
Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
emcee wrote:
jayman wrote:
100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.
50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.
Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world!
No Joe. I simply ignored your comment.
You can't handle the truth and that's FACT!

You do seem to have a downer when jobs are created in Southend, surely these 100+ jobs should be sported and not moaned about, I'm sure the 50 part time workers will be more than happy to be earning a wage and not on the dole.

Earning an honest wage gives people pride that they can go out there and find a job they can stand up and say I pay my way, I work.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: 100 plus job announcement = 50 part time jobs.[/p][/quote]50 part time jobs better that no jobs at all.[/p][/quote]Don't think jayman is in to job creation in Southend, as I said at 6:35pm this evening 100 jobs of which 50 are part time it's probably 50 more part time jobs than he has created, not come back to me on it yet, I fully expect him not too or will just moan about it being wrong thing, wrong place, wrong type of jobs and he employs half the population of the world![/p][/quote]No Joe. I simply ignored your comment.[/p][/quote]You can't handle the truth and that's FACT! You do seem to have a downer when jobs are created in Southend, surely these 100+ jobs should be sported and not moaned about, I'm sure the 50 part time workers will be more than happy to be earning a wage and not on the dole. Earning an honest wage gives people pride that they can go out there and find a job they can stand up and say I pay my way, I work. Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 1

3:45pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Chymes81 says...

So Happy Tesco pulled out.
So Happy Tesco pulled out. Chymes81
  • Score: 5

5:42pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Alice in Her Own Land :P says...

Hope they demolish the old building and aren't going to just tart up what's there!
So if Tesco aren't going to still be going there, and Sainsbury's is going to Roots Hall, there will be no major supermarket in the middle of town! Great for other businesses.
Hope they demolish the old building and aren't going to just tart up what's there! So if Tesco aren't going to still be going there, and Sainsbury's is going to Roots Hall, there will be no major supermarket in the middle of town! Great for other businesses. Alice in Her Own Land :P
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Thu 15 Aug 13

jantone says...

What brilliant news!! We recently visited "THE RANGE" stores in Chatham & Clacton.
These store offer very good value merchandise, & will do extremely well locating to Southend.
They will not have to demolish the existing store as they are all "warehouse" style, with quite basic shopfittings, but very well displayed!!
Let's hope they start to develop the store very soon so that can trade for the winter & Christmas priods.
What brilliant news!! We recently visited "THE RANGE" stores in Chatham & Clacton. These store offer very good value merchandise, & will do extremely well locating to Southend. They will not have to demolish the existing store as they are all "warehouse" style, with quite basic shopfittings, but very well displayed!! Let's hope they start to develop the store very soon so that can trade for the winter & Christmas priods. jantone
  • Score: 2

8:01pm Thu 15 Aug 13

girlie71 says...

els.91 wrote:
Does anyone know what the store is called?
wondering if they are allowing job applications already..:)
The clue was in the news story ... Doh
[quote][p][bold]els.91[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know what the store is called? wondering if they are allowing job applications already..:)[/p][/quote]The clue was in the news story ... Doh girlie71
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Thu 15 Aug 13

els.91 says...

Lol ok. I only read through it quickly anyway
Lol ok. I only read through it quickly anyway els.91
  • Score: 0

9:38pm Thu 15 Aug 13

My_opinion_is says...

Theres a big carpark so maybe Beyonce will touch down there and do the grand opening..Pssss all you twatters out there re-**** that can ya. THX
@ #bllx
Theres a big carpark so maybe Beyonce will touch down there and do the grand opening..Pssss all you twatters out there re-**** that can ya. THX @ #bllx My_opinion_is
  • Score: 0

10:40pm Thu 15 Aug 13

Public Inconvenience says...

Good News. Been to The Range at Thurrock and they also sell paint and decorating supplies, bit like having B&Q back there!
Good News. Been to The Range at Thurrock and they also sell paint and decorating supplies, bit like having B&Q back there! Public Inconvenience
  • Score: 1

8:53am Fri 16 Aug 13

openspace says...

Anything would be welcome providing it's not another ********* Tesco.
Good news !!!
Anything would be welcome providing it's not another ********* Tesco. Good news !!! openspace
  • Score: 1

10:13pm Fri 16 Aug 13

thesouthendone says...

Great news for Southend, I was worried it was going to be yet another H&M!
Great news for Southend, I was worried it was going to be yet another H&M! thesouthendone
  • Score: 0

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