New shops generate 55 jobs in Reading
May 23, 2012
Two new stores are due to open in the town centre on Friday, creating 55 new jobs.
Upmarket cafe Patisserie Valerie is taking on 25 people and discount store Poundworld will be employing 30.
The patisserie has taken the former Coffee Republic unit on the corner of Broad Street and Minster Street, its 54th UK branch.
It will officially open on Friday and hold a launch event on Saturday with Councillor Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council, starting the celebrations.
Patisserie Valerie chief executive Paul May said: “Despite the current climate of doom and gloom, we have been able to bring investment and new jobs to the UK’s high streets.”
Poundworld will open in the old Peacocks store, in Oxford Road, at 10am.
The shop will offer more than 5,000 products, including household essentials, textiles, toiletries and groceries, for £1.
Chris Edwards Junior, trading director at Poundworld, said: “We’re really delighted to be opening our first store in Reading, creating 30 jobs.
“Busy shoppers can take advantage of the great location in order to stock up on our fantastic offers and brands.
“We look forward to welcoming customers through our doors and we hope our new store will prove a big hit with savvy shoppers in Reading.”
Poundworld was founded in Yorkshire in 1997 and now has more than 150 stores across the UK.