Fashion store replaces Woolies, creates new jobs

NEARLY a year after the closure of Woolworth's opened a major hole in Stowmarket shopping centre, one of Britain's best-known value fashion retailers has stepped in to fill the gap

NEARLY a year after the closure of Woolworth's opened a major hole in Stowmarket shopping centre, one of Britain's best-known value fashion retailers has stepped in to fill the gap

Peacocks has created 17 jobs with the opening of the new store in the Market Place.

And there is more to come - the company is due to open another store in the former Woolworth's store at Felixstowe in the autumn.

One of the biggest complaints for many years has been the lack of children's and teenage clothing, and cheaper menswear, in the town - with people having to travel to Ipswich and Colchester to shop.

Work is under way to convert the former Woolworth store in Hamilton Road. It had been hoped to open later this month but the project is currently around four weeks behind schedule and is now set to open on October 22.

Stowmarket store manager Rebecca Carter, said: “We're delighted to be opening our new store, offering customers the latest looks at fantastic value.

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“With fashion changing so quickly it can be a challenge to keep on top of the style treadmill, but with over 30 new lines landing in our new store each week it should be easier for customers to step out in the latest fashion at fantastic value.”

The new Peacocks store was formally opened by town mayor Vera Waspe last week and trade has been steady over the first few days.

The branch will act as a flagship store for the area and offer training for staff from across the region.

The Peacock Group has a long history with its first store opening in Warrington back in 1884.

The chain now has more than 500 stores in the UK and employs over 5,000 people. It also has a further 70 franchises in 13 countries including Turkey, the Middle East, Ukraine and Russia.