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Poundland Could Create 800 Jobs & Apprenticeships In Wigan

26 Jun 2015

Poundland Could Create 800 Jobs & Apprenticeships In Wigan

Poundland, the discount retailer, could create up to 800 jobs and apprenticeships in Wigan if planning permission is granted for a new distribution centre in the Ashton-in-Makerfield area.

The hundreds of new Wigan jobs which the Poundland facility could create would be a mix of full time jobs, part time positions and apprenticeships, according to the local council.

The proposed distribution centre would cover more than 320,000 square feet at the South Lancs Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield, but a date is yet to be set for the application to be considered by Wigan Council. If the council gives the green light then Poundland plan to open the facility some time in 2016.

Wigan councillor David Molyneux said the town had fought off some top competition from other areas to win the investment and was ‘delighted’ that Poundland had selected Wigan.

“Wigan is ideally located for business between Manchester and Liverpool and is at the heart of the motorway network. This will be the largest single employment creating application we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and in my view would rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 1950s. Giving people in Wigan the opportunity to access good quality jobs is a top priority of the council.” said Cllr Molyneux.

“We will also support young people through this development to access apprenticeships. The icing on the cake is that there are more positive announcements to come on the local economy,” added Cllr Molyneux.

Poundland has close to 600 stores around the UK and provides full and part time jobs for over 10,000 people. You can find out more about the firm by visiting our company profile for Poundland.

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