100 jobs coming at new DIY store

The Range at the former Homebase store in Sunderland
The Range at the former Homebase store in Sunderland
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Around 100 jobs are being created in Leyland at The Range DIY store.

Around 100 jobs are being created in Leyland at The Range DIY store.

As previously reported in the Guardian, the chain is set to take over the vacant store in Olympian Way near Morrisons, after Homebase closed in December.

Bosses have now revealed that it plans to open in February, and will be creating around 100 full-time and part-time jobs in the town.

The Range is owned and run by Plymouth-based entrepreneur Chris Dawson, and has 16 shops across the UK – many of which were former Homebase sites.

Mr Dawson said Leyland is a key addition to the growth of the company and is part of a huge expansion plan for The Range.

He added: “The continued success of The Range is down to the staff we employ, we are very pleased to be creating a number of jobs in the area and look forward to inviting new members to join the team.

“I would also like to thank the council for welcoming us and being so supportive.”