Huge store will bring scores of jobs to town

The new Dunelm building in Northfield Avenue, Kettering
The new Dunelm building in Northfield Avenue, Kettering

A furnishings store will create up to 100 jobs once completed to give a town’s economy a much needed shot in the arm.

Development is on schedule for a huge Dunelm Mill store in Northfield Avenue, Kettering, and the Telegraph can reveal the outlet will create between 80 to 100 jobs for locals when it opens its doors.

A spokesman for the chain said: “Development works are well on their way and we hope to open the store before the end of the year.

“We are really excited to be coming to the area and bringing a number of job opportunities to the local community.

“Recruitment has now begun and we have seen some great applications already.”

Recruitment will be open for a number of weeks.

The firm also said it will keep vacancies on file should a job open up when the shop opens.

The building of the 23,000 sq ft store – roughly a third of the size of a football pitch – has now been completed, and now developers will furnish the store ahead of an autumn opening.

Paul Jackson, chief executive of Kettering Centre for the Unemployed, said that this was the biggest jobs boost for the town in recent memory.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted when any business creates this amount of jobs.

“I can’t remember when we had such a jobs boost and that shows how far Kettering has fallen behind with economic investment into the town.

“It’s a fillip for Kettering and I hope to see more of the same.”

The store will bring into use a former cattle market site that has been vacant for 20 years.

It may also include a gardening and DIY centre.

It will not be the only Dunelm Mill in the county.

Adam White, manager at Wellingborough store in the Castle Fields Retail Park, said: “We’ve been very successful here over the past few years.

“It will be a brand-spanking new store in Kettering and I think it will prove popular.”

Kettering Council gave the green light to the store despite it being an out-of-town development.

Councillor Derek Zanger, cabinet member for regeneration at the council, said: “Once again business in Kettering is improving even in the face of a recession.”

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