The opening of a new Dunelm Mill in Kettering will fill a gap in the local market, the store’s manager claims.
The Telegraph was invited down to the store on Wednesday (October 10) for a look inside before the public descend on the shop for its opening on Thursday (October 11).
The furnishings shop has created 140 jobs and contains two storeys of household wares plus a coffee shop.
Store manager Chris Palmer said: “It’s something that Kettering hasn’t had and this will serve people in Corby too.
“We’ve got a fantastic range of value for money products and people will find that they can kit out their whole house here.
“We’re all really excited about opening tomorrow and there is a real buzz going around the unit at the moment.
“Everyone is talking about local people coming through the door and I think this store is exactly what Kettering needs.”
The huge unit will boast 200 car parking spaces for customers, and has a coffee shop which serves sandwiches, paninis and hot breakfast food.
The store also has interactive touch screens which allow people to browse the chain’s online catalogue while in the shop, and reserve items. It is the first Dunelm Mill in the country to trial this new software.
The unit has six metre wide aisles so customers have plenty of room to browse, and customers can create their own fabric at a special part of the store.
Mr Palmer added: “Everything has been catered for to make the customer experience the best it can be.”
The store will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
However, on Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, it will be open from 8am during its opening weekend.
Next week it will open early from 8am, with normal hours resuming from Saturday, October 20.
There will be a range of opening discounts on certain items for customers to browse.