A RETAIL giant is set to start trading in Canvey as it steps in to fill a unit left empty by another big name departure.

Knightwick Shopping Centre will welcome chain Savers later this month as the brand takes up permanent residency in the ex-M&Co units.

It comes after the woman’s fashion chain left the site in April, after the store was not among those saved when the firm plunged into administration.

Former long-standing Canvey councillor Ray Howard MBE said: “This is fantastic news.

“Another major retail brand coming to Canvey is wonderful as it will provide more jobs and drive more money to the area.

“Hopefully it will get Knightswick Shopping Centre the support it deserves and encourage people to use the centre more.

“I’m delighted to hear Savers have chosen to open a shop on Canvey, and I wish them every success in the world.”

The Echo contacted Savers to ask for a specific opening date but they did not respond before going to print.

Last month, the health and beauty brand was advertising for supervisors and sales assistants.

According to a job advert for the new store, supervisor positions are contracted for 16 hours and receive a pay of £11.20 to £11.35 per hour.

They will ensure the unit is “fully stocked, clean and maintained to a high-level presentation at all times”.

The requirements for the post include having one year’s previous retail experience, flexibility in shift patterns and a passion for working as a team and with customers.

A walk-in recruitment day was held at the Basildon town square branch where hopefuls had the opportunity to show bosses what they can bring to the job.

Savers has more than 500 stores throughout the UK and Northern Ireland, all of which boast a “family-friendly” team.

There are many in south Essex, including Southend, Rayleigh, Wickford and Benfleet.

The company is owned by the A S Watson Group, which also owns Superdrug.