New Melton store to create 34 local jobs

Builders and shopfitters convert the old Co-op store in Melton into a new branch for discount retailer QD Stores EMN-170603-153349001

Builders and shopfitters convert the old Co-op store in Melton into a new branch for discount retailer QD Stores EMN-170603-153349001

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Discount retailer QD Stores will create 34 new jobs in Melton when it opens in the old Co-op superstore building at the end of this month.

The business, which has 21 branches across the UK is actively recruiting for full and part-time sales assistants, supervisors and managers from the borough.

The store, in Scalford Road opposite Melton Cattle Market, will sell goods for the home and garden, pet supplies, furniture, clothing and food at budget prices.

Customers will also have access to a Smile café and a garden centre within the 25,000 sq ft of retail space and there will be parking for 85 cars.

Nick Rubins, QD Stores group CEO said: “We are delighted to be opening a new store in Melton Mowbray and employing local staff.

“QD has been a family-run business for over 30 years and we look forward to continuing this ethos in our Melton Mowbray store.

“We can’t wait to open our doors and show customers our fantastic value, excellent quality and ever-changing spectacular new deals.”

The original concept of QD Stores’ was first established in 1985 by current chairman Danny Rubins, father of the group CEO.

The aim was to offer customers a wide range of constantly changing, quality products at discounted prices, which led to the stores’ name QD – short for Quality Discounts.

The former Co-op store building has remained empty since January 2016.

Central England Co-operative Limited decided to close it due to falling sales with projected losses expected in future years.

It also housed the town Post Office, which was moved to Bargain Booze in town.

The closure affected 41 members of staff, although nine were relocated to other Co-op outlets. Generations of the same families had worked there over the 32 years it traded at the site.

To apply for a post at the new QD Stores branch, go online at www.qdgroup.co.uk/vacancies_lrg.asp for details.

The store is due to open on Thursday March 30.