A RETAILER with headquarters in Huddersfield has opened its first store in the town.
Poundstretcher has created 25 jobs with the new store at the Castlemoor Retail Park, alongside Ringway Industrial Estate, off St John’s Road.
The new jobs are a mixture of full-time and part-time and are shopfloor and management posts.
The company, formerly called Instore, has its head office and distribution centre at Trident Business Park, Leeds Road, Deighton, where it employs 400 staff.
The new store joins more than 350 Poundstretchers nationwide, including ones in Elland, Halifax, Bradford and Barnsley.
The retailer sells discount products including homeware, furniture, electrical goods, beds and mattresses, luggage, pet care products and children’s toys.
Poundstretcher joins other retailers including Dunelm Mill, Aldi, B&M and Matalan at the site off Huddersfield ring road.
The new store took six weeks to fit out and occupies one half of a double unit formerly housing furniture chain MFI. It shares the building with Dunelm Mill.
Discount retailers, including Poundstretcher and rivals such as Poundland and Poundworld, have been the high street’s big winners as the tough economic climate persuades shoppers to look for cheaper deals.
Discount supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl have also become well-established in Huddersfield.
Poundstretcher’s arrival follows the opening of the town’s second Poundland shop at Victoria Lane earlier this year – complementing its existing outlet at New Street.
A spokeswoman for Poundstretcher said the company was delighted to be opening a store in its home town, adding: “The new store is part of an ongoing store opening programme across the UK and Northern Ireland.”
Poundstretcher moved its headquarters to Huddersfield in 2004 when then owners, Brown and Jackson, moved to the £20m Trident Business Park from cramped premises at Cross Gates in Leeds.
The company, one of Huddersfield’s biggest private sector employers, occupies purpose-built 350,000sq ft premises at Leeds Road, housing buying staff, administration and support staff and warehouse workers.