Store plan aims to boost jobs and trade

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A new departmentstore is on the verge of moving to Eastwood high street – offering 25 jobs to local people and boosting trade in the town.

National chain Boyes wants to take on the old Co-op department store building in Nottingham Road and is just waiting on solicitors to complete the sale.

The Co-op closed last year and the Boyes move will not affect the Co-operative food supermarket next door.

Patricia Stuart, who lives in Brinsley, and tipped the Advertiser off about the Boyes move, said she was ‘delighted’ at hearing the news.

“I was so pleased when I heard. Its a fantastic store and sells such a variety of things. I can’t speak highly enough of Boyes,” she said.

“I used to live near the headquarters for 25 years and I found them excellent. I’ve also shopped in stores elsewhere in the country and I can’t praise them highly enough

“ Everything I have had from there has been smashing. I’m delighted.”

Ms Stuart, 73, said the store would give Eastwood shoppers extra choice and would help boost trade in the town.

“It will bring more people into the town,” she added.

Director of the firm, Andrew Boyes, said he wanted to open up in Eastwood because it was a busy town with a good footfall, and the kind of area where they would do a good trade.

“It seems like a buoyant town in the area we do quite well in, and a place where we could offer something different in,” he said.

“The town has definitely interested us, it (the building) is a nice unit that would work well for us.”

Mr Boyes said if the purchase of the Co-op building fell through, he would look to buy elsewhere in Eastwood.

But the company director said nothing was definite until everything was signed and had gone through.

If the sale completes, Boyes would look to be opening up shop late spring.

The department store offers 30,000 products selling everything from homeware and DIY products to stationary, toys and haberdashery.

It dates back to 1881 when William Boyes opened a small store in Scarborough.

It now operates a total of 40 outlets in the Midlands and Lincolnshire. Last year the chain opened a new store in Ripley, which has been well received and is trading well.